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Ichetucknee Springs - Birding

Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and offers visitors ample opportunity to bird watch throughout the park. Bird enthusiasts might expect to see a variety of water birds, American Kestrel, Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Wild Turkey, Barred Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrows and many more. Bring your binoculars and checklist on your next visit!

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Ichetucknee Springs - Canoe Kayak Launch

During the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day), all canoe/kayak/SUP are part of the 750 person limit at the North End, you would need to be included in the North End count in order to launch from the North Canoe Launch. The South Take Out gate isn't available for launching during this time. Walking the vessel to the water from Dampier's Landing (0.25 mi) is the only option at the South End.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the river. It also provides an opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife which may include wading birds, manatees, and river otters. See all of this while enjoying the variety of views of moss draped cypress, limestone banks, and some of the nine different springs that make up the Ichetucknee River. It is available year-round from the North or South End.

Canoes, Kayaks, and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) can be rented, along with transportation arrangements can be made through Paddling Adventures at the Canoe Launch in the North End.

Call (386) 497-1113 for more information or click here for pricing.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Concession and Restaurant

Ichetucknee Springs has a full service concession stand at the SOUTH entrance.

  The  restaurant will reopen in the Spring of 2018. 

Snacks and refreshments are available at the General Store year round.

 

Concession Menu Board

Paddle Adventures is providing canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals and transport from the North Entrance canoe launch!

Pricing for Rentals

For more information contact:

Concession Stand: 386.497.1500

Paddling Adventures: 386.497.1113

 

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Ichetucknee Springs - Family Reunions

Ichetucknee Springs State Park is the perfect spot for family reunions! Those wanting to come in just for the day may wish to rent one of the park’s two pavilions at the South Entrance or the large pavilion at the South Take-out (not reserveable from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day).

Reservations: Park facilities can be rented up to 11 months (to the day) in advance. A deposit in the amount of one day’s rental is required at the time of the reservation. Please contact the Administration Office (386) 497-4690 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for information or to make a reservation.

Park entry fee is not included in the facility rental price.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Geo-Seeking

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

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Ichetucknee Springs - Hiking Nature Trail

 

There are three hiking trails located at the North Entrance of the park. Trail maps are available at the Ranger Station or information booth.

Blue Hole Trail: A half-mile walk through the Ichetucknee forest and cypress flood plain leads to Blue Hole Spring, the largest spring in the park.

Trestle Point Trail: This shaded path winds along the crystal clear waters of the Ichetucknee River. The self-guided trail will take you back in time to the early 1900s, when phosphate ore was mined in the area. Walking time is approximately 30 minutes.

Pine Ridge Trail: A frequently overlooked area of the park is the majestic sandhill, with its towering longleaf pine and wide open vistas. View the natural diversity of this unique and vanishing ecosystem. The self-guided, two-mile loop trail will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and cannot be left unattended for more than a half-hour.

Dogs are only permitted on the Trestle Point and Pine Ridge Trails located at the North End.

Dogs are not permitted on the trails to the springs or river or in the springs or river.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Picnicking

Picnicking is available at the NORTH and SOUTH Entrances. Areas are equipped with picnic tables and grills.

Facilities are first-come, first-served. Covered picnic pavilions at the South End can be reserved. To reserve a pavilion, call (386) 497-4690.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Playground

Playground equipment with swings and slides is located near the picnic area, swimming area and restrooms at the North Entrance.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Recycling

Ichetucknee Springs State Park has a recycling program. Recycling containers for aluminum and plastic are located in the picnic areas as well as areas prior to river access points.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is allowed at Blue Hole Spring.  Divers must be cavern or cave certified. Scuba diving is not permitted in the river or other springs. There is a half-mile trail to Blue Hole Spring; many divers bring a cart or wheelbarrow to transport gear. Dives must be finished one hour prior to sundown.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Shower Station

Outdoor showers are available at the North and South Take-outs and at the Dampier's Landing restroom area.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Snorkeling

Snorkeling is available in designated areas.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Swimming

Swim at your own risk/ Life guard not on duty.

Swimming/snorkeling is available every day of the year from 8:00 a.m. until sundown at the North Entrance. Here, you may swim at either Ichetucknee Spring (head spring) or Blue Hole Spring.

Ichetucknee Spring provides for excellent swimming; however, Blue Hole Spring should be used by experienced swimmers only, due to the depth and strong current.

Participation Requirements

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Ichetucknee Springs - Tubing

Help us protect the Ichetucknee River. No food or drinks, pets, fishing, tobacco, alcohol or disposable items on the river. (All items may be inspected for compliance.)

Tubes are available for rent within the park or can be rented from vendors outside of the park or visitors can bring their own. Tubes must be smaller than 5 feet wide to float freely down the natural river.

NON-Summer Season  

Begins the day after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day; tubing is ONLY available through the South Entrance off US 27.

The shallow and sensitive north section of the river is given the opportunity to regrow and recover from the heavy traffic of the summer. To tube from Mid-point or Dampier's Landing, park in the South Entrance parking area.

Mid-point Launch: Follow the Midpoint trail behind the Concession building (~0.65 mile from the South Parking Lot) or Tram Road (~0.75 mile) to the Midpoint dock . You can then float (45 min - 1 hour) to Dampier's Landing and walk (~0.25 mile) back to your vehicle at the South Parking Lot, or continue floating for an additional hour to the Last Take Out. Return to the South Parking Area via the hiking trail (~0.55 mile) or Tram Road (~0.85 mile).

Dampier's Landing: Follow the trail behind the Concession building straight to the river (~0.25 mile). You will float for 45 minutes to an hour to the Last Take-Out. Return to the main parking area via the Tram Road (~0.85 mile) or hiking trail (~0.55 mile).

 

Summer Season

2018 Summer Tubing Instructions

From the Saturday of Memorial Day to Labor Day, tubing is allowed from the North Canoe Launch. There is a daily limit of 750 tubers launching from the North Canoe Launch. You must go through the North Ranger Station in order to launch from the North End. If limit is not reached, the North Launch closes at 2:00 pm.

Visitors who would like to use the Concession's shuttle and tram service during the Summer Season will need to buy wristbands for $7 plus tax per person at the Concession building in the South Parking Lot. The wristband is good for all day on the trams to Midpoint Launch and from South Take Out at the south end of the park.  This also includes shuttle bus back to the North End from the South End for drivers dropping off their cars and going tubing.  

The Park's Concessionaire, Paddling Adventures, offers additional rentals and services.  For pricing and more information, visit Paddling Adventures.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Visitor Center

Visit our Education and Exhibit Center and be treated to a one of a kind experience. In this encounter, dedicated to the interpretation of urban growth, water usages, and their effects on our springs and river, you will follow the actions of cave divers as they explore and investigate activities taking place deep within our recharge basin. Through interactive and interpretive displays, you can "go with the flow" as you trace this precious resource from source to boiling spring. Complete the journey, sharing in the mystery, as you enjoy a movie in our state of the art theater.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Weddings

The crystal clear Ichetucknee River and head spring is a spectacular location for weddings. People have gathered here throughout history! Picnic areas equipped with tables and grills are available throughout the park. Pavilions that accommodate up to 50 people are located at the south end of the park. Please call the Administration Office, Monday - Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for pricing and availability for your special day at (386) 497-4690.

For photos and more information, download Your Dream Wedding at Ichetucknee Springs State Park.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife is most often spotted along the river as visitors paddle by. Wildlife may include wading birds, manatees, and river otters.