Suwannee Adventures

• Hours are 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year. An entrance fee is required.

Additional user fees may apply.
• All plants, animals and park property are protected. The collection, destruction or

disturbance of plants, animals or park property is prohibited.
• Pets are not permitted on or near the water. Where allowed, pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and well behaved at all times.
• Fishing is not allowed.
• Scuba diving is only permitted October to March. No open water diving, divers must be certified.
• Tobacco products are not permitted on the river. Food and drink are permitted on the river in non-disposable containers only.
• Fireworks and hunting are prohibited.
• Become a volunteer. Inquire at the ranger station.
• Florida’s state parks are committed to providing equal access to all facilities and programs. Should you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact the ranger station.   (386) 497-4690.

Park Guidelines 

Important Information.

Directions to Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Ichetucknee Springs State Park is located four miles northwest of Fort White, off State Roads 47 and 238. From the south, take I-75 north to exit 399. Take US 441 north to the city of High Springs. Take US 27 north to Ft. White, stay on US 27 north approximately 4 miles to the South Park Entrance

  • Avoid a weekend or holiday unless you are insane. 
  • Visit Ichetucknee State Park web site and check it out real good.
  • Get there early no matter what day you go.
  • First timers should probably start with the south end half river float, especially if you have little ones who might get chilled after a few hours in the spring water (72 degrees).  These guidelines will mainly focus on that trip, but you can start at the north entrance to the park for a longer float. (3 hours).
  • Use your sunscreen. You will float in and out of shade during the trip.
  • Don’t bring anything you would not want to lose in the river.  A mesh diver bag that can be tied to your tube is really handy for holding your mask, hat, sunglasses ... things that can get wet, but you may not want to hold or use the entire trip.   
  • You don't have to hassle with taking your own tubes, there are vendors located just outside the park. A big basic tube costs $5 
  • The park shuttle runs Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:00 AM till all are off the river.
  • Once in the park you simply walk to the tram pickup, ride the tram to the upstream starting point, walk a short beautiful trail to the water, jump in and tube to the get-out point (The 6 mile trip takes about 3 hours), dump your tubes and you are done.

You could very well regret going if you if you fail to know a few things. Below is what you need to pay attention to.

Park's Hours and Fees

The park is open year round 8:00 a.m. until sundown. Take Out Gate is closed and not open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Admission Fee:
$6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. No river use.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$4.00 Motorcycle Fee (one or two people).
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
River Use Fees:
$5.00 per person, tubing during Summer Season (Begins the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day). Children 5 and under are free.
$6.00 per group of 2-8 people, tubing from South Entrance-Off-Season (Begins the Tuesday after Labor Day thru the Friday before Memorial Day).

Canoeing and kayaking is permitted in the park. Generally, both are not encouraged during the tubing season, especially on weekends or holidays (Due to the large amount of tubers)

Tube Down the Crystalline Ichetucknee River

   A full service concession stand is located at the SOUTH Entrance. It is open every day during the summer season, and may be operational during the off-season, depending on park visitation. The concessionaire carries a wide assortment of food, refreshments, and personal items.
    The concessionaire does NOT rent tubes, canoes, masks, or snorkels, but there are several businesses outside the park who provide these and other services.

The Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. From the end of May until early September, tubing down the river is the premier activity in the area. In addition to tubing, visitors can enjoy picnicking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing. 
​October through March scuba diving is available in the Blue Hole only (you must be cave certified). Picnic areas, equipped with tables and grills, are available throughout the park. A full-service concession offers food, refreshments, and outdoor products from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Tubes plus snorkeling and diving equipment can be rented from private vendors outside the park located four miles northwest of Fort White, off State Roads 47 and 238.

     The North Entrance of the park will close to "Tubers Only" once they reach 750 people or 2:00pm. After that, all other tubers have to go to the South Entrance. During the summer season, Midpoint Launch closes at 4:00pm or when they reach 2250 people, at which point any other tubers will only be able to access the river at Dampier's Landing, which closes at 5:00pm.
​     Before or after the normal tube season you may still tube the lower half of the river, however you will only have access to the South end of the park (Midpoint & Dampier's Landing) and you will have to walk and
carry your tubes wherever you go. Park closing hours change in the off-season with Midpoint closing at 2:00pm, and Dampier's at 3:00pm. 

       See map below.