The seven-mile long Ichetucknee Springs River is the nation's most pristine waterway with depths reaching up to 40 feet. The river is fed by nine named springs. Ichetucknee is a first magnitude spring discharging more than 240 million gallons of crystal clear water into the river daily at a constant 72 degrees. The river is a favorite for tubing enthusiasts with more than 200,000 visitors annually.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park: The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U. S. Department of the Interior. 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). White-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons can be seen from the river. 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.
Admission Fee (no river use)
$5.00 per vehicle (limit 8 people per vehicle)
Single car occupant - $3.00 swimming, picnicing and hiking.
Motorcycle (one or two people) $3.00
$5.00 per person year round
$10.00 per person October 1 - March 31 (Blue Hole at North Entrance) must be cave or cavern certified - no solo diving.
North Entrance - Summer Season (Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day) $5.00 per person (children 5 and under are free)
South Entrance - Summer Season (Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day) $5.00 per person (children 5 and under are free)
South Entrance - Off Season (Begins the Tuesday after Labor Day thru the Friday before Memorial Day) $5.00 per vehicle (limit 8 people per vehicle)
No food, beverages or tobacco allowed on river.