Ichetucknee Polar Plunge and Paddle 2024-02-10

Swim in the itch head spring. Then join us for a leisurely paddle 4 miles downstream in crystal clear waters with the possibility of seeing manatee, several types of gar, and bird species. The launching spot has been recently upgraded to accommodate new ADA standards.

There is a possibility of a further paddle down to the Ichetucknee Confluence.

When: Gather 9:00AM (swim), launch 11 AM, end 2 PM, Saturday, February 10, 2024

Put In: Ichetucknee Headspring and Ichetucknee North Launch, Ichetucknee S.P. North Entrance, 8294 SW Elim Church Rd, Fort White, FL 32038, Columbia County.

GPS: 29.98292, -82.76053

[Swimmers 2020-01-04 and WWALS Ichetucknee Polar Plunge and Paddle 2024-02-10]
Swimmers 2020-01-04 and WWALS Ichetucknee Polar Plunge and Paddle 2024-02-10

This WWALS outing is the same date, time, and place as the entirely separate Iche Nippy Dip Day, which is organized by Friends of Ichetucknee Springs State Park (FISSP) and the park itself.

Take Out: Ichetucknee South Entrance

Bring: the usual personal flotation device, boat, paddles, food, drinking water, warm clothes, and first aid kit.
Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.
Mosquitoes can be bad at dusk so come prepared.

Remember: This WWALS Outing is independent of the FISSP Iche Nippy Dip Day, which costs nothing other than park entrance.

Free: This WWALS outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members. You can pay the $10 at the outing, or online:

We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!

The following items are prohibited on the water:

  • Disposable items, such as ziplock bags, grocery sacks, plastic water bottles, sports drinks.
  • Food.
  • Coolers, including cooler backpacks.
  • Pets.
  • Tobacco and nicotine items.
  • Radios and speakers.
  • Tubes containing glitter.
  • Fishing gear.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the river and within the park’s boundaries. All items may be inspected for compliance. All visitors are to be off the river by 5 p.m.

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/746231817462302/

Duration: 5 hours

Paddle: 4 miles, 3 hours.

Shuttle: 5 miles, 25 minutes.
This outing includes the traditional WWALS shuttle. Everybody takes their boats to the put-in, most people drive to the take-out, and the drivers pile into one or two vehicles and go back to the put-in.

Host: Scotti and Sara Jay

Contact: Scotti and Sara Jay

Backup: in case of high or low water is: Cancel

More: For more WWALS outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS outings web page, https://wwals.net/outings/. WWALS members also get an upcoming list in the Tannin Times newsletter.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!