Rainbow River

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Rainbow River State Park

Rainbow River State Park

Rainbow River is really amazing and probably one of my favorite springs in Florida. It is located 2 hrs from Orlando in Dunnellon. My best suggestion is to park at KY hole and paddle upstream to Rainbow River State Park. The State Park has parking for kayaks and paddle boards near the canoe lunch site that’s on your left. Bring a few dollars with you for the park entrance fee, They also have a gift shop. If you did not bring your own kayak KP Hole has kayak and SUP rentals.

County and State ordinances applying to the entire Rainbow River include:

  • It is unlawful to possess alcoholic beverages or to possess any food or drink in a disposable container.
  • You must display the appropriate “diver down” flag while snorkeling or scuba diving.
  • Vessels may not go faster than idle speed or cause a wake.

By following these rules, the Rainbow River will be safer, cleaner, and protected for all to enjoy.


HP Hole kayak lunch area

HP Hole kayak area

The reason I suggest parking at KP hole is that they have a boat lunch site and also a parking lot across the street is open after KY Hole closes for the day. Once you parked at HP Hole if you’re launching a boat pay the cashier. Thier are few great options available. Tubing down the river would take about 4 hours and a shuttle would bring you back, check the return times with staff. Another option is to paddle upstream to the start of the spring at Rainbow River State Park. The State Park has a designated swimming area, Hiking Trails, Waterfalls and more.


  • Bring a kayak or paddle SUP
  • Bring Snorkeling Gear
  • Bring Water Shoes
  • Bring a dry bag and a reusable water bottle
  • Bring towel and bathing suit


Rainbow Springs State Park

Address: 19158 81 Place Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432
Hours:  8AM-6PM 7 Days a week
Phone: (352) 465-8555

For more information about Rainbow River State Park Visit https://www.floridastateparks.org

KP Hole

Address: 9435 SW 190th Avenue Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432
Hours: 8AM-5PM 7 Days a week
(352) 489-3055

For more information about HP Hole Visit http://marioncounty.directory


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