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The stream flow regime of four springs located in the Mantiqueira Mountain Range region (MG) was evaluated and correlated to the respective recharge area, relief characteristics, land cover and physical and hydrologic soil characteristics. The streamflow regime was characterized by monitoring of discharges, calculating the surface runoff and specific discharge and by modeling the discharge over the recession period using the Maillet method. As all recharge areas have similar relief the effect of it on the streamflow was not possible to identify. Analysis included determining the effect of drainage area size, soil characteristics and land cover on the indicators of the streamflow regime. Size of the recharge area had a positive influence on the indicators mean discharge and surface runoff volume and on the regulation of the streamflow regime (springs L4 and L1). The spring under the smallest area of influence provided the worst results for the above mentioned indicators (spring L3). The effect of forest cover (natural and planted), associated with soil characteristics, was evidenced by the indicators surface runoff (in depth) and specific yield, both independent of the recharge area size (springs L4 and L2). The interaction of area size, soil characteristics and forest cover (natural and planted) provided the best results for all indicators of streamflow regime in the springs studied in the Mantiqueira Mountain Range (spring L4).