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Take S-20 from Gainesville towards Hawthorne. Look for route CR-21 (do not turn yet). Turn left onto Lake Galilee Dr, about 1.8 miles from the CR-21 intersection. Go about 150 yards and take one of the two sand roads to the left, and go to the sink.
How? From shore
Distance Instant access
Easy to find? Hard to find
Alternative name Devil's Sink, Devils Den
Average depth 20.0 m / 65.6 ft
max depth 24.5 m / 80.4 ft
Visibility Good ( 10 - 30 m)
Dive site quality Good
Experience CMAS * / OW
Bio interest Poor
- Fresh water
Devil's hole is a very impressive place. The sink is about 18 meters in diameter with the water level about 15 meters from the top of the sink.
It can be very difficult to enter into the water (steep sides). You should plan on bringing vertical gear to get in and out of the sink (there is an old ladder but not really safe!).
This is different than Willistons "Devils Den", this is not a maintained area so dont expect facilities or help if you cant get out. Scope it out and make sure you know what you are doing before you get into trouble.
The water is often unclear until you get down a bit, there are a number of cars, etc to see and some cave entrances. Be smart on this dive.
IMPORTANT: This proberty is privately owned and trespassing is a federal offense. The land is currently being developed and the owners have posted no tresspass signs and the property is guarded. Local authorities have been notified.
Edit 5/16/07: Ditches have been dug to bar all entrance. Multiple no trespass signs have been posted, and a fence has been built around the sink.
By Ron cheston , 28-07-2009
the interlachen locals - my grandparents use to live on rose trail behind the sinkhole and there were always people littering by it. im glad to see the owner is trying to clean it up and perserve it. a dive shop would be great there. i dove it about 9 years ago and there were vehicles and a bus in the bottom if i remember right but a great dive
By Anonymous , 20-05-2007
Plug pulled on hot swimming spot - See Alligator (Student news) article.
By Pete Lampros , 21-04-2007
Hoping for a re-opening - I can respect someone needing time for development and clean-up, but the diving community is resplendent with those who would jump at an opportunity to assist you in your clean-up efforts. This would also get the word out about your site if you plan to offer it as a commercial dive site. We are a tight knit community and we do a lot of word of mouth advertising, which would be beneficial for future business.
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