BEARS ON THE RIVER 2018 (2019 info coming soon!)
July 26th - 29th

Join us for our annual tubing trip down the Ichetucknee River! For up to the minute updates, add yourself to our Facebook page!

Host Hotel 

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

4155 SW 40th Blvd

Gainesville FL 32608


Call Lynn direct to book your room(s) or click on the link below.

Call Lynn to be put on the waiting list 

Single $126.00 per night plus tax*

Double $126.00 per night plus tax*


*A one night non refundable deposit will be charged at the time the reservation is made. 

Make Reservation Here

Schedule of Events

Thursday July 26th

Hotel Check In  3pm

Early Arrival Meet and Greet -
Dinner MOJO Hogtown BBQ 7pm
12 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL

Friday July 27th

Hotel Check In 3pm

Group Registration Table
1:30pm -9:30pm

Meet & Greet Pool Side/Hotel Lobby Hosted by the GatorCubs


Food trucks will be located at the entrance of the hotel 

Saturday July 28th

Bear Breakfast (Hotel Lobby) For those staying at the hotel.  7am-10:00am

Tubing Down the Ichetucknee River  9:30am

Park Road - Fort White, Florida 32038 - Phone: 386-497-2511 

Park Entrance $6 per car (up to 8 people)

Ichetucknee Park Tram Service $5.35 per person
(you may walk to the mid point and back to the parking area for free)

Meet at the SOUTH entrance picnic area at 9:00am. At 9:30am we will take the tram to the MID-Point Dock. The actual time on the water will be around one and a half to two hours. We have reserved both pavilions just past the tram stop as you walk down the trail towards the river.  Once we are through floating we will all meet at the pavilions and to enjoy a boxed lunch with soda or water. Come socialize and join in the fun.  Many will float a second time down after we eat. 

Please remember no alcohol allowed in the park.
Reminder - Get there early, when the park is full you will not be able to get in.
For more information about the park please visit; Ichetucknee Springs

Afternoon Splash  
Hotel Poolside  1pm- 8:00pm

(The pool will close from 8pm- 9pm for cleaning) 

Enjoy an afternoon of pool time with the bears.  

Food trucks will be located at the entrance of the hotel 

Bear Invasion Downtown              
9pm- 1:45am

University Club  9:00pm–1:45am

Moonlight Swim   11pm - 3am (Hotel Guest Only)

Hotel Pool  

Wind down the long day and fun evening out with a relaxing swim and a few drinks before turning in for the night. (Entrance restricted to hotel guest) 

Sunday July 29th

Farewell Breakfast for those staying at the hotel.  7:30-10:30am


Tube Rental from vendors on the way to the park  $7-$15

Ichetucknee Park Entrance - $6 per car (up to 8 people)

Ichetucknee Park Tram - $5.50 + tax per person
(you may walk to the mid point and back to the parking area for free)

You may reserve and pay for your tube, lunch and bus to downtown at the hotel on Friday night.

Tube/Lunch combo $16 (includes deluxe tube and box lunch/drink) ** Limited availability** 

Tube $7 (deluxe tube with headrest) ** Limited availability**

Lunch $11 (Box lunch/drink) ** Limited availability**

Bus to Downtown - $5 the bus will start on a loop at 8pm-1:30am (The last bus will leave downtown at 1:30am)

Bus to the River - $45 ** SOLD OUT** (Includes Deluxe Tube, Park Entrance, Tram and Box Lunch/Drink combo)  
The bus will leave the hotel at 8:15am 
You must email to reserve in advance for the bus to the river, we will reply with a conf#.  Payment will be made Friday at the hotel