Beyond the Day Spa
Warm Mineral Springs Park offers more than just a spa experience.
Beneath its depths is one of the most important underwater archeological sites in America.
It is believed that Warm Mineral Springs Park dates back to the Ice Age. During exploratory dives in the 1950s, the remains of a prehistoric hunter and seven other humans were discovered in a very well preserved state. Similarly, evidence of several creatures have been extracted from the spring, including saber tooth tigers, giant sloths, tortoises, and even camels. The Springs has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
- Discharge, Water Temperature, and Water Quality of Warm Mineral Springs, Sarasota County, Florida: A Retrospective Analysis. (2016)
- USGS Water Quality Testing Data
USGS monitors water quality at Warm Mineral Springs Park
In December 2017, staff from the US Geological Survey (USGS), Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center, started a project to install a monitoring station at Warm Mineral Springs Park. The purpose of the monitoring station was to quantify flows from the Spring and record water-quality parameters every 15 minutes.
The USGS currently operates more than 8,100 stream gages across the nation with a mission to collect and disseminate reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the nation’s water resources. The USGS and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) worked in cooperation to provide funding for the gage installation and maintenance. There is no expense for the City of North Port.
Continuous monitoring of hydrologic characteristics is intended to provide valuable information to water-resource professionals to better understand and sustainably manage Warm Mineral Springs.