October 16th, 2017 12:11 PM by ERA Big Sun Realty
Rent or Bring Your Own(click on the name to go to website)
Canoes, kayaks and boats of all sorts are available throughout the area, or bring your own and enjoy our many waterways, including 600 lakes, rivers and springs in the Ocala National Forest alone.KP HoleThe K.P. Hole provides boating, tubing, kayaking, scuba diving, swimming and paddle boarding access to the crystal clear Rainbow River. The glass like surface of the River makes it all the better to see more clearly the wonderful array of fish and other underwater marvels. The entire River is a Natural Landmark, Aquatic Preserve and an Outstanding Florida Waterway, which is why disposable containers and alcohol are prohibited on the River. The River offers a constant temperature of around 72 degrees.Rainbow Springs State ParkAt the main “headsprings” entrance of Rainbow Springs State Park, visitors may swim in the freshwater springs, rent canoes and kayaks, stroll through waterfalls and gardens, and enjoy a picnic area with tables, grills, and pavilions. Tubes are not allowed in the headsprings area of the park. These beautiful crystal-clear headsprings of the Rainbow River are a site of unique history and natural beauty. The tent and RV-friendly campground is located at a separate facility. All sites have water, electric and sewer. Pets are welcome and visitors may access the river to fish, swim or paddle. A few miles away at the tubing entrance, visitors may rent tubes and use a shuttle service to float down the Rainbow River back to their vehicles. Tubing is available during the summer season. For pricing and information, visit Nature Quest. Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years. Rainbow Springs is Florida’s fourth largest spring and, from the 1930s through the 1970s, was the site of a popular, privately-owned amusement park.Marion County Parks & RecreationMarion County Parks and Recreation are safe, clean and fun! From athletic fields, to wateractivities, to playgrounds and trails, our parks and recreation programs offer you a chance to “Escape, Experience and Explore” our abundant natural resources.Blue Run of Dunnellon ParkWhether you want to explore trails or adventure in water, Blue Run of Dunnellon Park is the place for you! With access to the Rainbow River, Blue Run offers exceptional waterfront recreation opportunities for both residents and visitors such as kayaking and paddle boarding. The park also serves as a public tuber’s exit. Additionally, there is a 3-acre pond along with multiple walking/birding trails. Admission fee: FREE!Silver Springs State ParkDiscover the charm of a historic Florida attraction and the crystal clear beauty of one of the last uninhabited spring runs in the state at Silver Springs State Park. As the largest, first magnitude artesian springs ever discovered, visitors have long been captivated by the springs’ natural beauty and vibrant clarity. There are many activities to choose from at Silver Springs from Glass Bottom Boat tours, wildlife viewing and kayak and canoe trips to camping, nature trails and the Silver River Museum. Please visit the park’s website for a complete listing of activities and events. Call the ranger station at 352-236-7148 for assistance or Silver Springs State Park at 352-261-5840 when planning your visit to the park.Central Florida Nature AdventuresWhether you are looking for a lazy river kayak tour or family fun, adventurous nature tour or kayak 101 we’ll introduce you to the natural beauty, feathered friends and wildlife Central Florida has to offer. Watch the Turtles sunning on the logs as you drift by, the Otters playing and we might even get to see a Monkey or 12.Our guides are Florida grown and our tours are rated “Excellent” on TripAdvisor. We’ll provide you with all the equipment necessary to have a safe and fun time on the river. Come discover the Ocala areas wild side and take home memories that last a lifetime!Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak
Located at the confluence of the Rainbow River and the Withlacoochee River, we offer you the unique opportunity to canoe or kayak two of the finest rivers in Florida! From our livery, at the end of the Rainbow, you simply park and ride our shuttle to the paddling destination of your choice; the crystal clear spring water of the Rainbow River, or the deep water and dense forests of the Withlacoochee River. On either trip, you will drift peacefully back to your car. We are proud to provide Old Town Canoes and Kayaks for your day on the water.
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