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Often asked questions about the Ichetucknee and tube rentals

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    What is tubing season?

    Tubing season is the time in which both the North Entrance of the state park, and the shuttle systems are operating. This is from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What time does the park open to the public?

    The park is open 365 days a year, and the gates to the North Entrance and South Entrance open to the public at 8:00 a.m. and close at sundown. Last Take Out Gate is closed to the public from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What is entrance fee to get into the park?

    The entrance fee is $6.00 per carload, up to 8 people per car, children 5 and under is free. For a single occupant the charge is $4.00, and for motorcycles the fee is $4.00 for one or two people. There is a $2.00 fee for pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of annual Individual Entrance Pass.

    Bus Tour Fees: $2 per person or $60 per bus
    (Whichever is less.)
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What is the park’s limit?

    Only 750 (or 2p.m., whichever comes first) people are allowed to float down the river from the North End. This figure includes tubers, kayakers, and canoers. Once that limit has been met, 2250 people are allowed in at Midpoint, which closes at 4:00. Dampier’s allows an unlimited amount of people and closes at 5:00.

    The limit of 750 people tubing does not apply to others who wish to only swim or picnic at the North End of the river.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    Where do we park?

    Only those who are swimming, picnicking, canoeing or kayaking are allowed to park at the North Entrance. For those that are tubing, the driver will drop the passengers and tubes off at the North End, and drive to the South Entrance Parking Lot. From there you will catch a shuttle bus back to the North Entrance. This applies to the people that make the limit of 750. For the other remaining tubers, you will park at the South Entrance Lot and either use the tram system or walk to Midpoint.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    When do the trams begin running, and how much do they cost?

    Beginning April 23, 2016 the trams will begin operations, and will no longer be included in the State Park’s entrance fee. The cost of a ticket to ride the tram will be $5.00 per person. Children 5 and under will be free. This fee is a one-time fee for the entire day.

    For those who do not want to pay that fee, there is a walking trail. Please note that it is a 15-20 minute walk to Mid-Point and 15-20 minute walk from the Last Take Out to the parking lot.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    Can you Canoe and Kayak?

    Yes, canoeing and kayaking is permitted in the park. During the tubing season, tubers have the right of way. If coming on a weekend or holiday, please consider the amount of people who will be tubing.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What is the river like?

    The Ichetucknee River is crystal clear, and 72.6 degrees year round. It is slow moving at 1 mile per hour, with a gentle current. There is a wide range of wildlife, from fish and turtles, to otters and beavers, and even the occasional manatee. Though the water is too cold for almost all cold-blooded animals, the occasional water snake can be sighted on the banks. Alligators do not like clear water, and are not habitually seen in this river.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What all is there to do at the park?

    People from all over the world flock to the Ichetucknee River to tube, swim, dive, canoe and kayak, hike through nature trails, picnic, and just chillaxing!
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    Are there places to eat, or should I bring food?

    There are concession stands in both the North and South entrances of the Ichetucknee River State Park, called the General Store. The concession stand in the south entrance has a variety of foods like hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos, ice creams, and snacks. There are also grills placed throughout the parking lots in the park, with picnic tables to relax and enjoy a lunch with the family.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    Is there a place to buy river apparel or souvenirs?

    Yes, there are plenty of clothing items, accessories, and apparel such as tank tops, t-shirts, sunglasses and hats at the Itchy Shirts store located on Lowe’s Tubeland’s main lot and Highway 18 location. Remember to look for the #8!
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  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    Can you get tubes inside the park?

    No, the park does not sell or rent tubes. That’s why you need to come see Lowe’s Tubeland FIRST!
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    Why is north end closed?

    The north end of the Ichetucknee River is shallow and the large amount of people who float down the river trample the grass on the river bottom. The park closes the north end from the day after Labor Day to the day before Memorial Day to give the river time to rejuvenate.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    How long is the Ichetucknee River?

    The Ichetucknee River is 6 miles long from the North entrance (aka Blue Hole) to the end where it meets the Santa Fe River. However, the floatable portion is 3 miles.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What’s the difference between the North and South end?

    North end is shallower and wider in some spots than the South end. You will see more wildlife on the North end.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    How do we get our tubes to the river?

    Lowe’s Tubeland has some of the best Trained Knot Technicians in the business! Our folks are trained at securing your equipment safely & securely! INSERT Training PHOTO HERE We can tie any float on almost any vehicle. All you do is show up, pick out your tube, and let us do the rest. We use slipknots so that when you get to the Ichetucknee River, all you do is pull the knot and the string comes untied. No cutting of the rope is necessary.  If we can’t tie it, we deliver it.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    Does the rope or string harm the environment?

    No. We only use the highest grade of rope that is biodegradable and doesn’t harm the environment or wildlife if it accidently enters the waterway or wetlands.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What if I have multiple carloads or a large group?

    If you have a large group and/or come in a bus we deliver the tubes to the park for you. You can either call ahead to order what you want or you can stop by and pick out the floats in person. We’ll load them up in one of our trailers and meet you at the river. We’ll need one person to ride with our driver because we enter a separate entrance.

    Note: Please do not forget to include that person in your Admission count or else they will not be allowed to enter and/or rejoin your party.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What do we do with our tubes when were done?

    When you get off the river look for the tube return areas and look for post #8. We have friendly employees that work at the return areas in the South Parking lot and at the Last Take Out. Remember, your rental is for all day, so if you want to go again, keep your tubes with you! Please do not leave your tubes at the water edge or at Dampier’s Landing as this may be hazardous to other patrons while trying to exit the riverbanks.
  • 11/02/1979 12:00

    What can you bring on the river?

    You can bring snorkels, masks, shoes, cameras, towels, etc. down the river. You cannot take any food or drink on the river, unless it’s in a non-disposable container. If you have a medical condition (such as diabetes) you can check with the state rangers to see what you can and cannot take on the river.