Welcome to Ichetucknee Springs
Florida’s Natural Lazy River
Winter is a great time to discover the crystal-clear waters of one of Florida’s best rivers for paddling and tubing at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. During this time of year, the springs are less crowded, leaving plenty of wide spaces to view wildlife and paddle at your own pace.
Fed by nine springs, the Ichetucknee River lets visitors experience the natural beauty of its blue-green waterways year-round. Let the gentle current of the bright turquoise river guide you on a relaxing retreat through shaded hammocks and forests of cypress, maple, oak and pine. Discover the splendor of nature from the clear waters below to the wildlife and flora along the shore. See turtles, otters, deer, birds of prey, wading birds, fish and maybe even manatees and beavers.
Rent tubes, rafts, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and canoes at the only outfitter located within the park.
Tubing and Paddling Adventures Offered Year-round:
- Tube or raft from South Entrance launch points throughout the year. Transportation to Midpoint Tube Launch and from the Tube Take-Out Point is available weekdays 9 am to 4 pm and weekends 8 am to 5 pm. From Memorial Day (May 26) through Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3), tube from the North Entrance.
- Two trip experiences are available for those kayaking or paddling, from two to six hour excursions beginning at the North Entrance.
Swim, snorkel and scuba dive to experience the springs that feed the bright turquoise waters of the Ichetucknee River, including the 40-foot-deep Blue Hole Spring.
Help protect the Ichetucknee River: no food or drinks, pets, fishing, tobacco, alcohol or disposable items on the river (items may be inspected). Non-disposable water containers are permitted.
Hours of Operation
Ichetucknee Springs State Park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to sundown.
In-park canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available from 9 am to 1:30 pm weekdays and 8 am to 2:30 pm weekends.
Tube and raft rentals are available from 9 am to 3:30 pm weekdays and 8 am to 4 pm weekends.
The General Store is open 9 am to 4 pm weekdays and 8 am to 5:30 pm weekends/holidays. Fresh-cooked food is available seasonally and reopens spring 2018.
South Entrance: 12087 SW U.S. Highway 27, Fort White, FL 32038 (Tubing and inflatable rafting rentals, food, retail, sundry supplies)
North Entrance: 8294 Southwest Elim Church Road, Fort White, FL 32038 (Kayak, canoe, SUP rentals, Head Spring, Blue Hole Spring)
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