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Rainbow River Paddle

The Rainbow Springs run is one of the largest spring runs in the world. It averages a discharge of over 400 million gallons of water per day. The run is 5.7 miles long and joins the Withlacoochee River which is a black water river, near the town of Dunnellon. Unlike most other major spring runs in Florida the spring discharge comes from several vents that are scattered over the first mile and a half of the run. It is characterized by a high level of submersed aquatic plants. Ribbon or tape like plants are the most common.
Its waters have an average temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Because of this and the high water quality, it is a very popular recreational destination.
The heat will be overwhelming this time of the year, and a dip into these cool waters will feel awesome. We will launch from the Rainbow Springs State Park and enjoy this clear river.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Orange Slice (aka gmhorse) put together another great paddle! Enjoyed being on the river with all the JAX kayakers, and the tubers added a certain relaxed ambiance that we usually don't have. The Blue Gator put a nice cap on the day with good food and good music. The overnight at the Angler Inn can only be described as a total "kitsch" experience...

    July 11, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    Here is the GPS track of the Rainbow Springs paddle for those that asked for it. It was a total of 8.4 miles. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=207596382239634944498.0004a7bc331d072bbb337&msa=0

    July 10, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    It started out a little slow and then turned into an outstanding paddle. The weather held off until we were out of the water. The Rainbow is an awesome place.

    July 10, 2011

  • Linda S

    Gorgeous paddle. Well organized. Friendly members.

    July 10, 2011

  • Kimberly

    It turned out to be a wonderful trip! I enjoyed meeting some new people! Can not wait for the next trip!

    July 10, 2011

  • Darlene

    It was an awesome day! Enjoyed the paddle as well as all who attended. Look forward to the next trip.

    July 10, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    Pavel you need to come around to the kayak launch at the camping area. call me at[masked]

    July 9, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    For Saturday. Scattered thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. High near 90F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
    Evening: Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially during the evening. Low around 75F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

    July 8, 2011

  • Linda S

    Forecast not looking good. If the chance if rain is too great I won't be there.

    July 8, 2011

  • Pavel D

    anybody would like to pair up to split the gas cost? I am in mandarin area, and have a full size pickup, can take probably up to 3 kayaks including my. Call or text. [masked]

    July 7, 2011

  • Shane and Janet M.

    Something has come up and we were forced to change our schedule. We will not be able to make this run, but hope to catch you on another run, another time. Have a great time.

    July 5, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    He is kayaking a ton at the lake house today. There is a cute girl here. :) Too bad you don't have a daughter. He would go for sure then!

    July 3, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    We usually leave it up to him. The last few trips he said "no". I will ask him today and let you know.

    July 3, 2011

  • Christina B.

    Brian, are you guys bringing your son?

    July 3, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    Canoes and kayaks, including paddles and all safety equipment, are available for rent in the park all year within seasonal hours ($25 deposit, $5 per hour, and valid I.D. are required).

    This is from the park website. Im sure it is first come first serve.

    June 25, 2011

  • Pavel D

    Will there be kayaks available for rent? I have a friend who will need one.

    June 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thumbs up to Brian for being a great organizer! We have only been on one trip with this group, but we will be going on many more in the future. It's nice to find people that put together these trips for all to enjoy. I am a new paddler and having someone experienced and that knows all the great places leading the group is wonderful. We are so glad to have been connected to this group! And yes I agree, the group being limited to 20 is a smart idea.

    June 11, 2011

  • Kimberly

    I think we should all remember anyone who leads a trip does this because of the love for kayaking and people. But, they also feel responsible for ALL who attend. They set the limit of paddlers going for this very reason. I believe this is why Brian set the trip for 20 paddlers. He takes being the leader very serious! Anyone who has been on a trip with him knows that!

    June 10, 2011

  • Shane and Janet M.

    Guess you could also divide into two groups, and a second group start down after the first, or before. Is it really wide enough to have all twenty people in sight of one another on the river? just thoughts.

    June 5, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    It all depends on what area we are paddling Robb. I have found that when you get 40 paddlers together chaos ensues and we don't paddle as a group. :)

    June 5, 2011

  • Kimberly

    Jerry, REALLY? Oh this WILL be fun!! I can't wait!! YEAH!!

    1 · June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sweat Tea, Jerilyn & I are staying at the Angler's on Saturday. Let's PARTY!

    1 · June 3, 2011

  • Kimberly

    We were unable to find a campsite. We are staying at the Angler's Resort Friday and Saturday night. It is at the bottom of the Rainbow River. We have been on the Rainbow River on tubes....it is so beautiful! Can't wait to kick back and enjoy the river and all the very cool people who will be there!

    June 2, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    I had planned on taking our time on the water and doing a little swimming as well. We will be off the water by 3pm if I had to guess. You could always get a hotel and enjoy the springs on Sunday. :)

    June 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long do y'all think the paddle will last? I am trying to decide if I want to make this a day trip or if we should stay the night somewhere.

    June 2, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    I agree Stacey. I will be taking my travel trailer. I have not camped there since the renovation. I heard it is a concrete jungle with no trees. But the Rainbow will make up for it for sure!

    May 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking at doing this trip but I think we will skip on camping. I read bad reviews if you are looking to tent camp. 90 degree weather, on gravel and with no shade isn't my cup of tea :) looks like we may be at the Hilton sat night if we do this.

    May 25, 2011

  • Darlene

    Thank you Gmhorse. Looks like I'm going. I may camp as well, will decide that as it gets closer.

    May 24, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    A quick search also turned up this http://www.rainbowrivercanoeandkayak.com/ but I have no experience with renting from the park or this outfitter.

    May 24, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    Privately owned boats launched at the headsprings must be carried from the parking area approximately 1000 feet to the canoe launch. Campers may rent or launch their own canoes or kayaks at the state park campground. Canoes and kayaks, including paddles and all safety equipment, are available for rent in the park all year within seasonal hours ($25 deposit, $5 per hour, and valid I.D. are required).

    This is from the park website. Im sure it is first come first serve.

    May 24, 2011

  • Darlene

    Do you know if you can rent Kayaks there? Sounds awesome, would love to go.

    May 23, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    Jamie. We are camping Friday and Saturday night at rainbow. I hear the park is not as nice though since the renovation. It's really open and lots of concrete.

    May 21, 2011

  • Gmhorse

    To Sally. I am trying to decide where to put in since some will be camping at Rainbow. Let me gel on it. If most are camping the state park ramp would be better I think.

    May 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you guys camping Friday and/or Saturday? If so, where?

    May 21, 2011

  • Susan & D.

    Bring your kayak carts/wheels. The state park head springs launch site is ~1,000+ feet from parking lot. KP hole offers an easier launch but you share that with boats. There are other launch sites but they are further downstream... Darrell

    May 12, 2011

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