Join us July 9th-11th for our 10th annual tubing trip down the Ichetucknee River.

Schedule of events:

Friday July 9th 7PM

Meet & Greet Dinner, Cocktail Reception and welcome at Joe’s Place (Panama Joe’s Pool & Bar)

Joe’s is a full service restaurant.  In addition to the large salad/soup bar we will have a special menu available just for our group so bring your appetite!

5109 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL


Saturday July 10th 10AM

 Tubing Down the Ichetucknee River.

Meet at the South entrance picnic area at 10:00 AM from there we can all take the tram to the MID-Point Dock.  The actual time on the water will be around one and a half to two hours. Afterwards, we will return to the South entrance picnic/parking area for an afternoon of food and fun.  This year we have secured a pavilion at the MID-POINT tram station so look for us there. We are planning a catered lunch this year from JCT 30124 Coffee House.  Lunch is $13 per person.  As always, feel free to bring extra snacks or a lunch if you have special dietary needs.  Please remember no alcohol allowed in the park.


Be sure to pickup your tube or raft from one of the vendors along US 27 before you get to the park entrance.

Admission is $5.00 per person.

Driving Directions:

From the north, take I-75 south to exit 423. Take SR 47 south, turn on CR 238 and follow the park signs

From the south, take I-75 north to exit 399. Take US 441 north to the city of High Springs. Take US 27 north to Ft. White; stay on US 27 north approximately 4 miles to the South Park Entrance.

12087 S.W. US Hwy 27
Fort White, Florida 32038
Phone: 386-497-2511

For more information about the park please visit:


Saturday July 10th 9:00PM

 Bar Night! The weekend continues at University Club for an evening of fun and socializing.

18 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL

(352) 378-6814

Enter the building from the rear off of NE 1st Ave


Sunday July 11th 11:30AM

 Brunch! This year we have added a full weekend of events including a special “Bear Brunch” at the JCT 30124 Coffee House located in Waldo. $16 per person to include coffee bar.

JCT 30124 Coffee House is located in the old Bank Of Waldo building at 370 SW 2nd Way (24 West) in Downtown Waldo

Bears On the River Host Hotel will be:
La Quinta Inn
920 N.W. 69th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone: 1-352-332-6466

Make reservations directly with the hotel.

Be sure to tell them you are with the Gatorbears.
Friday July 9th and Saturday July 10th
Room Rates are $65 for King and $55 for double.