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SpringsWatch: Ichetucknee Springs

This group is currently accepting volunteers for the wet sessions only. 

You must have your own watercraft to participate in the wet and dry sessions for this SpringsWatch group. 

*Sampling is currently postponed due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Ichetucknee River is located in North Central Florida and is a focal point for outdoor recreation in the area. The first three miles of the Ichetucknee System are located within Ichetucknee Springs State Park and includes the head spring, as well as eight additional named and multiple unnamed springs. Ichetucknee River flows for approximately 3.0 miles south from Ichetucknee Head Spring to US Hwy 27.  After crossing  US 27, the Ichetucknee River flows an additional 1.8 miles to its confluence with the Santa Fe River, about 6.7 miles upstream from where the Santa Fe River enters the Suwannee River. Below are overview and sampling station maps of the Ichetucknee SpringsWatch program.

The Ichetucknee River and Springs were dedicated a National Natural Landmark in 1972, when it first opened as a Florida State Park after its 1970 purchase from the Loncala corporation. Every year, tens of thousands of people recreate along the Ichetucknee by kayaking, snorkeling, boating, and most popularly, tubing. The lower segment of the Ichetucknee River is a residential area with homes and private property lining the banks of the river.

Volunteers with the Florida SpringsWatch program conduct monthly sampling along the Lower Ichetucknee River. Our Ichetucknee “Dry” group currently collects data for the following parameters: temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, vertical light attenuation, and submerged aquatic vegetation surveys. This group also collects water samples for the Florida LakeWatch program as part of University of Florida’s IFAS Extension Florida LakeWatch program.

Our Ichtucknee “Wet” group conducts in-water fish counts, snail density surveys, snail egg counts, and horizontal Secchi measurements (water clarity). The SpringsWatch program is a great way to get out into the springs, learn, and volunteer. To learn more about the data our volunteers are collecting, click on the dashboard and report links below!  

 To learn more about other SpringsWatch locations or to sign up, Click here!

Ichetucknee SpringsWatch Data And Monitoring summary Report

Lower Ichetucknee

2019 Monitoring Study


2020 Monitoring Study

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Springswatch volunteer application form

*Groups with a wait list are at capacity and are currently not accepting new volunteers. If you wish to select one of these groups, we suggest applying for an additional group with no wait list to ensure you are able to participate in sampling as soon as possible. Apply for as many as you like!

Sampling at select groups is currently postponed due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Sampling at these groups will resume as soon as it is safe to do so! 



Jill Lingard

FSI SpringsWatch Volunteer Coordinator


The Florida Springs Institute’s SpringsWatch programs are possible due to generous support from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.  Ichetucknee SpringWatch also receives generous support from  Ichetucknee Alliance. Thank you!