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Kayak the Rainbow River

On a hot summer day, nothing beats kayaking on the Rainbow River. We'll meet at Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak Outfitter and Nath Whitt, the owner AND town Mayor, will shuttle our boats to the boat ramp next to KP Hole. From there, we'll paddle upstream to the headwaters of the Rainbow River and jump in for a swim. After that, we'll leisurely paddle, stopping often to swim, to the outfitter where our cars wil be waiting. This will be a 7.5 mile trip and take all day. The Rainbow River is located in Dunnellon, Florida, which is in the southwest corner of Marion County Florida, about 20 miles southwest of Ocala, 100 miles northwest of Orlando. The Rainbow River is formed by a first magnitude spring that is ranked fourth in the state for volume of discharge. In addition to the springs located at the headwaters, there are many smaller springs that discharge along the entire length of the river. The Rainbow River is a gently winding river that is 5.7 miles long (we are adding distance by going upstream for a few miles) and merges with the Withlacoochee River at Dunnellon Florida.

Kayak rentals are available by calling Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak (you get a 10% discount if you book 5 days or more in advance):[masked]

Rental fee is  $33.00 for a kayak or if you have your own boat, $14.15 for the shuttle.  Everyone must pay an additional $5.00 park fee at KP Hole. NO DISPOSPOSABLE containers are allowed on the river: no sandwich bags, no Coke cans, no energy bar wrappers. Bring lunch and lots of water but everything must be in tupperwear containers. Email Mary-Slater if you want to arrange carpools. [masked] Phone after 5:00:[masked]

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  • Sid M.

    I hope to catch the next time you go here. I have already planned to kayak on the the Peace River tomorrow. I will miss you folks as I had a great time with you at Weeki Wachi.

    July 18, 2014

    • Mary-Slater L.

      WE love the Peace River too! Like to do that one when we can camp.

      July 18, 2014

    • Sid M.

      I am definitely interested in camping on the Peace and want to join the next time you go to the Rainbow River.

      July 21, 2014

  • sherry

    thanks for your response. I am staying n Boca Rattan and new to the area--can you recommend some outfitters for kayaking that are somewhat close?

    July 20, 2014

    • Mary-Slater L.

      Don;t know any outfitter but know places to paddle. check Loxahatchee River - it is in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. There is also good hiking in that state park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo­xahatchee_River

      The Loxahatchee River (Seminole for river of turtles) is a 7.6 mile river near the southeast coast of Florida. It is a National Wild and Scenic River, one of only two ...

      1 · July 21, 2014

  • Sue W.

    What a great day on the Rainbow River. We couldn't have had a better day. If it were not for Ron I would not have been able to paddle, so a big thank you Ron! Mary thank you for making this another special day for me on the water. You rock!

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Wade W.

    Wonderful time, relaxing, and the water was cool and refreshing.

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Jaci M.

    Thank you Mary-Slater for organizing this trip! I had a great time. And thank you for the carpooling too!

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry husbands in the hospital forgot to cancel

    July 19, 2014

  • sherry

    Hi
    I'm visiting in January and February--do you kayak then?

    July 18, 2014

    • Mary-Slater L.

      Depends on how warm it is but typically we hike during the colder mts and kayak when it is hot.

      July 18, 2014

  • Sandra

    I had to cancel. :-(. Have fun! See ya next time.

    July 18, 2014

  • treehouseyoga

    Is swimming only allowed in the "pool" area at the headwaters?

    July 4, 2014

    • Mary-Slater L.

      yes, but only in the area marked by bouys and you have to leave your boat out of the swim area, jump out, then swim into that area.

      July 7, 2014

  • Sandra

    How much is it to rent a kayak?

    July 1, 2014

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