Bears on the River 2023

BOTR 2023

July 27th-30th

Join us for our 25th annual tubing trip down the Ichetucknee River! For up to the minute updates, add yourself to our Facebook page!

Host Hotel

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott

4155 SW 40th Blvd

Gainesville FL 32608


Single $124.00 per night plus tax*

Double $124.00 per night plus tax*


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

Hotel booking includes 2 BOTR Armbands. Additional armbands may be purchased during check-in or from any of our ambassadors for $20

Schedule of Events

Thursday July 27th

Hotel Check In 3PM

Early Arrival Meet and Greet 7PM - 10PM

Location TBA. -

Food Trucks on site

Friday July 28th

Hotel Check In 3PM

Group Information Table 1PM - 9PM

Meet & Greet Pool/Hotel Lobby 6PM

BOTR Armband required

Food Trucks on site

Saturday July 29th

Bear Breakfast (Hotel Lobby) 7AM-10AM

BOTR Armband required

Tubing Down the Ichetucknee River 9:00AM

Meet at the SOUTH entrance tram area at 9:00AM. We will take the tram to the MID-Point Dock. The actual time on the water will be around one and a half hours. Once we are through floating we will head back to the hotel for an afternoon of fun.

Reminders -

Get there early, when the park is full you will not be able to get in.

No alcohol allowed in the park.

You can pickup your tube from a vendor along the way OR the vendor in the park.

We are not doing lunch at the park this year

For more information about the park please visit; Ichetucknee Springs

Afternoon Splash Hotel Pool Noon- 8:00PM

BOTR Armband required

Food trucks will be located at the entrance of the hotel - 6PM-9PM

(The pool will close from 8PM- 9PM for a quick cleaning)

Bear Party Downtown 8PM-1AM

University Club

The bus will run on a continuous loop from the hotel to UC from 8PM until 1AM

No cover with BOTR armband up to 10PM

Moonlight Swim Hotel Pool 11PM - 2AM

BOTR Armband required

Wind down the long day of fun with a relaxing swim and a few drinks before turning in for the night.

Sunday July 30th

Farewell Breakfast 7:30-10:30AM

BOTR Armband required

Ichetucknee Park Fees

Ichetucknee Park Entrance - $6 per car (2-8 people) Pay at the park entrance.

Tube Rental - Available from vendors on the way to the park and in the park $7-$30. If renting in the park you will pay at the General Store located in the park.

Ichetucknee Park Tram - $5.50 + tax per person. Pay at the General Store in the Park.

(you may walk to the mid point and back to the parking area for free)

If you need more information please email us direct at