Especially popular in the warmer months, the cool clear waters of the springs attract swimmers of all ages. Within the boundaries of the Rainbow Springs State Park (includes the river area within 1,800 feet of the head springs) swimming and snorkeling are restricted to the buoyed swimming area.
The average depth in the swimming area runs from 5 feet to 18 feet, with the water temperature averaging 72 degrees year round.
Swimming is allowed from 8 am to one hour prior to sunset, closing during thunderstorms.
Inflatable rafts, tubes, etc. are not allowed in the park, but swimmers may wear life preservers or use the popular "swim noodles".
There are no lifeguards on duty.
"Tubing" is not allowed inside the Rainbow Springs State Park. The Marion County Park known as The K.P. Hole is the farthest public up-river location to begin tubing.
Once outside the boundaries of the Rainbow Springs State Park, the swimming restrictions listed above no longer apply.
Contact the park for more details.
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 S.W. 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432