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.