Water Conditions - Springs

> The flow from springs varies throughout the year. > Not all springs shown on the park map are developed.
> Many springs have troughs to make access easier for horses. > Water level indicates the trough's relative percentage of being full.
> Some springs may flow only during the night. > On long hikes, be sure to take plenty of water.
> On warm days, take more water than you think you'll need. > Water conditions can change quickly.
> Consider recent weather conditions. > Don't rely on one observation about water availability.
> Check with park staff for the latest information. > Consider alternate water sources as a backup.
> Purify all backcountry water that you intend to consume. > Bury human waste and wash dishes at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and springs.
> Even when purified, consume at your own risk. > For more information see Water Resources in Coe Park.
> Water observations are collected by park staff, park volunteers and park visitors. > Click here for Water Conditions - Creeks.
> Dates are highlighted if information is more than 90 days old. > Click here for Water Conditions - Lakes and Ponds.
> Click here for Trail Conditions.
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Click on the site name or image for more details. Level represents % full for trough or basin. Flow is in liters/min or S = seeping, D = dripping, T = trickle, F=float valve filled, V = Valve (faucet) filled, ?.? = measurement not taken and !!.!! = flow too strong to be measured. "TDS" is Total Dissolved Solids; a measurement of mineralization or water "hardness".
Site Level Flow Date Comments
"Anza Lower Spring" NA !!.!!
02/14/17 Not labeled on map; spring symbol NW of junction of Anza and Cullen trails. No spur trail; accessible only on foot. Never improved. Interesting for its cave-like grotto.  Very high output in wet years.   (Reported by Paul V708)
"Anza Upper Spring" NA T
03/28/15 Not labeled on map; spring symbol north of junction of Anza and Cullen trails. No spur trail; accessible only on foot. Previously fed legacy ranching troughs in area. Possibly worthy of modernization. Also known as "Upper Woodchopper Spring".(Reported by Paul V708)
Arnold Horse Camp Spring 100 ?.? 02/24/18 Full and clear about 2 inches from the rim. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Arnold Spring (Springs Trail) NA ?.? 09/30/17 Soil is damp but no visible water at this time. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 05/27/13 by V708.
Bear Spring 100 3.5 06/29/18

Park visitor Hartmut W reports clear and flowing with some algae cover on top. Trough covered by algae bloom. Outlet must be clogged as water is spoilling over the sides. Needs further repairs for trouble-free service.  (Posted by Sue V702)

Blackberry Spring N/A ?.? 09/30/17 A spring previously used for early ranching activity.  Some remnants of old hardware is visible. Running like a creek this date!  (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 08/18/14 by Sean K
Black Oak Spring 100 5.0 08/13/17 Full, clear, and flowing. Trough needs replacing; nearly chewed through in places by gnawing rodents. Spring box also needs attention. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Blue Tank Spring 100 2.0 10/21/17 Clear, critter stick needed to be re-attached. TDS 250ppm. (Reported by Paul V708)
Board Spring 100 ?.? 02/07/18 Light stream in, some algae bloom and weeds.   (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)  Photo 02/24/14 by Sue V702
Bowl Spring 100 D 06/10/18 Clear, full, dripping  Spring box needs repairs.  Caution; RLF habitat, do not clean trough.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Brem Horse Camp Spring 100 T 03/11/18 Old concrete trough. (Reported by Paul V708).
Brem Spring 0 S 04/23/18 Old spring box, no operational trough. Will need to dig hole for purification. (Reported by Paul V708)  Archival photo.
Bridalveil Spring NA S 08/24/14 No trail to this spring located on Blue Ridge near Mt. Sizer; 0.15 mile SW of the repeater antenna tower. Very steep cross-country hike down to spring.  Small puddle used by wildlife.  Nearby trough reveals previous usage during the ranching era. (reported by Ed V709 and Paul V708)
Canteen Spring 100 5.0 03/09/18 Good flow. Outlet clogged with algae so the trough is overflowing. Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785. Photo May 2014 by Paul V708.
Caviata Spring 100 T 02/07/18 Spring box full of roots and lid needs repair. Steady stream in. Very clear. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Archival photo.
Clark Spring 80 S 01/05/18 Locate 'SPRING' sign on jeep trail. Go north about 50 yds into creek canyon. Spring basin on far side. Jackrabbit Lake is .4 mile further up the road and may be a better choice to filter water at. Seeping. (Reported by Larry V785 and posted by Sue V702) Photo by Larry Fitterer.
Coit Horse Camp Trough #1  (Along Coit Road) 100 F 06/06/18 This trough is fed through a series of storage tanks with water from Coit Spring.  Water in trough is clear with some algae strands.  New roadside storage tank installed with faucet for easy service.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Coit Horse Camp Trough #2  (Along Coit Springs Trail) 100 F 06/06/18 Ditto Trough #1.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Coit Spring (Near steel storage tank on Coit SpringsTrail west of Cross Canyon Trail) NA 1.5 05/24/18 Photo is of old spring box.  Pipeline to Coit Horse Camp has been repaired.   (Reported by Paul V708)
Cullen Lower Spring 100 1.0 05/01/18 Labled as "Cullen Spring" on map.  Trough needs to be cleaned and re-leveled. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Cullen Upper Spring" 0 0.0
01/29/18 Not labeled and spring symbol is hard to see on map; beneath "r" in "Cullen Trail" Dry. Rust holes in trough. Piping broken in several places. Not a true spring but relies on a catchment basin in a nearby ravine. Interesting as a legacy ranching artifact; otherwise should be removed from springs inventory. (Reported by Paul V708)
Deer Horn Spring 100 0.25 05/05/18 Clear. Trickle.  Deer Horn Spring has recently been repaired and a new trough install inside the old one. (Posted by Sue V702 as Reported by Elena V720) Photo 02/22/18.
Doe Spring 100 D 07/11/18

Trough is full. Water is clear. A few yellow jackets. (Reported by Sue V702)

Dowdy Ranch Parking Lot Horse Trough 0 V 04/22/18 May be filled via faucet.   Source =  Dowdy VC well. (Reported by Paul V708)
Dowdy Hayfield Spring 100 3.0 04/22/18 Full with water trickling in. Clear water.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Dowdy Ranch Spring 100 3.0 04/22/18 Trough cleaned.  (Reported by Paul V708)  
Dowdy Sulfur Spring 100 1.0 06/06/18 Trail to spring heavily encroached by poison oak.  Trough mostly free of algae.   Chorus frog tadpoles present.  Caution; also a RLF habitat; do not clean trough. TDS 400 ppm. (Reported by Paul V708)
Elderberry Spring 100 T 06/17/18 Slow trickle with full trough.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Mike V806)
Fern Spring 100 V 07/11/18 Trough is being filled by valve from storage. Water mostly clear (Reported by Sue V702)
Grapevine Spring - Lower
100 ? 05/12/18 Algae in the water. No measurement taken this time. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
Grapevine Spring - Upper 100 ? 05/12/18 No measurement taken this time. (Posted by Sue as reported by Chris V837)
Hatch Spring 100 ?.? 07/06/18 Park visitor Hartmut W reports still flowing generously. Runs on ground, no basin or trough. (Reported by Paul V708)
HQ Spring 100 1.5 06/01/18 This trough near the intersection of E Dunne Ave. and Manzanita Point Rd. is fed by the springs that originally serviced the Coe Ranch headquarters. The 3 separate spring collection boxes are located about 400' above the trough on the shoulder of Pine Ridge; 2 of them are connected together and piped to this trough.  The 3rd maintains a hillside wetland.  The HQ area now receives its potable water from a well.   (Reported by Paul V708)
Iron Cabin Spring NA T 08/24/14 Named for a no longer existing cabin; located on Blue Ridge at the 2800' level. Can be reached by walking animal trails on contour from Hobbs Road. Strong trickle; could be captured for filtering in a desparate situation. (Reported by Ed V709 and Paul V708)
James Spring 100 1.0 06/06/18 Trough needs cleaning. (Reported by Paul V708)  TDS 660 ppm.
Lion Spring 100 2.5 04/15/18 Full, clear and flowing (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 01/23/16
Live Oak Spring Trough 100 T 04/27/18 Trough is fed by lower spring box. New storage tank for upper spring installed November 2014 with faucet for drawing off water to filter or otherwise treat. Bucket available. (Reported Paul V708)
Live Oak Spring NA 3.8 06/06/18 Break in pipe repaired this date. Residual damage from the 2007 Lick Fire. TDS 245 ppm. (Reported by Paul V708)
Lost Spring 100 T 05/26/18 Flowing, clear, full.  Trough will soon need replacement. (Reported by Sue V702)
Middle Steer Ridge Spring NA 0.0 06/01/16 Spring is no longer flowing and has been abandoned. (Reported by Paul V708)
Mississippi Horse Camp Trough 100 F 05/30/18 Water trickling in. Very clear.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 05/03/13 by V708.
Mississippi Horse Camp Spring NA 0.1 04/12/18 Flowing steady.  TDS 310 ppm.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 02/24/14.
Mistletoe Spring 100 T 07/02/18 Full. Completely covered in algae. Broken critter stick replaced with a branch. Located along Bowl Trail 0.15 mile west of Willson Camp. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701)
Monument Spring 100 ?.? 06/23/18 Full, clear, and flowing. Flow not measured. This secluded spring issues forth from beneath a ponderosa pine tree. Located across Hobbs Rd. from the Sierra View Spring. Trough could use a cleaning.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V785)
Pacheco Camp Tank 100 NA
06/06/18 Running and functioning properly.  Serves this faucet, cabin and the horse trough with float valve.  Source is Live Oak Spring. (Reported by Paul V708)
Pacheco Camp trough in camp 100 F 06/06/18 Float valve.  Functioning properly.  Some algae. (Reported by Paul V708)
Pacheco Camp trough by the road 100 3.8 06/29/18 Park visitor Hartmut W reports clear and flowing well. This trough is the bellwether for the entire Pacheco Camp/Live Oak Spring system. If water is not running into this trough please report it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (Posted by Sue V702)
0_070817pajahuellospring Pajahuello Spring 100 .2
07/15/18 Flowing in the morning and dripping in the afternoon. Water clear.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) 
An unnamed spring near Phegley Ridge Trail NA S 06/21/16 Legacy ranch spring; not maintained.  Spring symbol shown on map. (Reported by Paul V708)
0_090716phegleywell Phegley Well 100 0 07/11/18 Full. A few yellow jackets. Legacy ranch well. This trough is located in the meadow near the base of the Phegley Ridge Trail and the opening of Coon Hunter's Gulch. This well had been capped since Hunting Hollow was opened as part of Coe. It is filled with a hand pump. Give it a few pumps if the trough is low and to keep it primed. (Reported by Sue V702)
Rabbit Spring 50 ?.? 03/25/18 Half-full, clear, water seeping from under the stone encasement. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Rat Spring 100 D 07/04/17 Full, flowing with algae and water plants. To access the spring go down or up Rat Spring Trail. On the way down turn right at the first intersection (no sign, cairn has disappeared), make your way through the chamise until you reach the spring trough under the trees. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
"Rattlesnake Spring" NA S 07/08/17 Located at the end of Rattlesnake Trail off Wagon Road. Undeveloped; spring symbol is on park map but not named. Water from small puddle could be filtered in a desperate situation. Next water source is Kelly Lake approximately 1.7 trail miles distant. (Reported by Paul V708)
Redfern Spring NA T 08/01/17 There are 2 spring sites in this area; the photo is of the one closest to Phegley Ridge Road but is not the one located on the map. There is enough clear water in a pool to filter a couple of liters. This location is also known as No-Name Pond C-25 (Reported by Paul V708)
Redfern Spring NA 0.0 05/21/15 There are 2 spring sites in this area; the photo is of the one located on the map. Spring site is not even damp this year. (Reported by Paul V708)
Rose Spring 0 0.0
05/28/16 Rose Spring basin only damp.  Spring flow has appeared to have ceased. (Reported by Paul V708) Archival photo.
Sada's Spring 100 3.5
02/22/18 Full, clear and flowing. New trough installed (Reported by Paul V708)
San Antone Spring 0 S
09/24/16 Backpacker Manfred K reports: "The trail to the spring doesn’t exist any longer. The spring is dysfunctional as the tub is disconnected. There is some water pooling at the spring and with some digging one could get water there." (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 09/07/16 by Manfred K.
0_070917sierraviewspring Sierra View Spring 100 T 06/29/18 Park visitor Hartmut W reports flowing and clear. (Posted by Sue V702)
Spike Jones Spring 100
1.2 04/04/18 Pool of water at spring box. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Dan V716)
Sturla Domida Spring (Burra Burra) 05 0.0 08/19/17 Trough nearly dry. Puddle by spring. Located South West of Burra Burra Peak. Located about 200 feet below Dormida Trail. (along old fence line) @1508 foot elevation. UTM: 10643986E  4107585N  (Reported by Paul V708)
Sturla Dowdy Spring 100 5.0 04/22/18 Running well. Located down Mack's Corral Trail at 1300 foot elevation. UTM 645806E 4109109N. (Reported by Paul V708)
Sulphur Spring (Pond) (Pacheco Creek Basin) 100 D
03/09/18 This spring is stagnant and not a good source for water. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo by Paul V708.
Timm Spring - Lower 100 T
04/01/18 Dripping, water clear and cold.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Doll)
Timm Spring - Upper
50 D
Dripping with trough half full.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Mike V806)
Tin Cup Spring 100 T 02/24/18 Hillside above the spring is very wet, with water seeping out. The spring basin is completely covered with vegetation. Emergency water source. Somebody stole the tin cup.  Difficult to locate; look for faded pink ribbons tied in willow tree east side of Coyote Creek. 0.15 miles south of the corrals at Arnold Horse Camp. UTM: E635920, N4116730  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
White Tank Spring 100 F 06/29/18 Park visitor Hartmut W reports too much algae. Pacheco Camp a much better water source. Tank is 100% full.  (Reported by Sue V702)
Willow Ridge Spring 80 ? 07/01/18 Not flowing during the day, unknown if at night. Water level 3 inches from the top.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena v720)
Willson Camp faucet NA NA 05/29/18 Functioning. Non-potable water available at camp faucet west of restroom.  Source is "Quartz Spring".  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Dan V716)  Photo 10/20/12 by V708.
Willson Camp Hillside Spring 100 .60 06/10/18 Full, lots of algae. North of the camp.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Willson Camp Quartz Spring 100 2.4 07/02/18 Full and clean. This spring feeds the storage tank that feeds the Willson Camp faucet. The tank overflow also feeds this trough just west of the camp on Bowl Trail.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701) 
Windmill Water Trough 100 07/11/18 Windmill is operational again, tank is full. There are two troughs. One is the large green trough which is filled manually from the tank. The second trough is next to the windmill and is fed automatically from the tank. The big green trough is currently about 1/3 full while the smaller trough next to the windmill is full but full of mosquito larvae. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 10/12/09.
Woodchopper Spring Trough 100 F 06/06/18 Trough is fairly clear. Somebody has been tampering with system valves.  (Reported by Paul V708
Woodchopper Spring NA 1.0 6/06/18 Storage tank  full. (Reported by Paul V708)




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