The Rainbow River

Dunnellon, Florida

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"Tubing" The Rainbow River

Tubing the Rainbow River is a wonderful experience, but, tubing is not allowed within the day-use or headsprings areas of the park.


Important NOTICE for those interested in tubing the Rainbow River.

The K. P. Hole, a county park, has very limited parking. Once the parking lot is full the park closes until parking spaces open up. If you park on the street or on private property you will be ticketed and your vehicle towed. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the parking lots are usually full by 10:00.

If you are coming to The Rainbow River to tube down the river a better alternative to the K. P. Hole is the State Park facility on the east side of the river. The State Park's Tubing Entrance to the park is located at 10830 S.W. 180th Ave Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432 on the east side of the river. From here you can rent a tube, ride the tram up river and then float back to your point of origin, not needing a second vehicle. The float trip is approximately one and one-half hours long, depending on wind. And after floating down the river you can show your receipt for free admission to the headsprings area of the park at the US 41 entrance for a day of picnicking, nature study, swimming and family fun.

Using the State's tubing facility you will enter the river upriver from the river from the K. P. Hole. Your tubing trip will be about 2 hours long if you use the State's take out on the east side of the river. If you leave from the K. P. Hole the tubing trip will be about 4 hours to the State Road 484 bridge take out. If you use the State's new tubing facility and decide you would like a longer day on the river, once you finish the 2 hour trip, you exit the river and then take the tram back up river for another 2 hour float. You will need to pay for the second tubing trip.

There are several advantages to doing the "double dip". Your vehicle is located at the State's take out facility along with restrooms and other facilities. If some in your group do not want to spend another 2 hours on the river they are not forced to continue. If the weather is bad you are not stuck on the river in a lightning storm. The first 2 hours of the float is on the best part of the river: the water is clearer, cleaner and the scenery is much better. If you want to take a break and have a bite to eat, your vehicle is right there for you to access your drinks and food.

KP Hole
KP Hole

Contact the Marion County Park - The K.P. Hole for more information about the limited tubing from the K.P. Hole.

Marion County Park - The K.P. Hole
9435 S.W. 190th Ave Rd
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 489-3055