The Rainbow River

Frequently asked questions

Where do I park my vehicle while I'm playing on the Rainbow River?

You have three options for parking. 1) Pay nothing and park at the KP Hole if there is availability. 2) Pay $20 for VIP Parking by calling 352-671-8560 Mon thru Fri 8 to 5 or go to This must be done by 11 pm the night before to be valid. 3) Pay $10 per vehicle and park 1.5 miles away at our local Winn Dixie: 10051 US 41 Dunnellon, Fl 34432 and we will shuttle up to 7 guests per trip. Once you arrive to the KP Hole there is a $5 fee which you pay to them to access the water and to utilize the amenties of the K.P. Hole. The K.P. Hole closes at 8 pm April 1st to Sept 30th and they close at 5 pm Oct 1st to March 31st. Do not be late returning to get your vehicle if its inside the gate. The boat ramp is open 24/7, if you choose to launch a vessel through the boat ramp after the K.P. Hole is closed you will not be charged a $5 fee. If you park at Winn Dixie for a transport please park on the side of the store facing the main highway. Text 352-895-7990 and let us know you need a shuttle, whether you have a car, truck or SUV and the color. Look for a white SUV or a White Truck to pick you up.

Can you pick me up from my house and take me to the river?

Yes we can! As long as you are less than a 15 minute drive from us we come get you and bring you home for a $20.00 fee

When I am done on the River how do I get back to my vehicle?

We pick you up! We do 5 hour rentals. You can count on us to be at your pick up destination on time! If you get done sooner than expected, no problem! Give us a call or a text and we will be there in 10 minutes.

Do I have to pay to get into the Rainbow River through the K.P. Hole?

Yes, you have to pay $5 at the K.P. Hole to get in the water. This also includes the ammenties of the grounds like the bathrooms, the snack shack, the swimming area and a place to relax.

Are there Alligators on the Rainbow River and should I be scared?

Yes there is alligators. No you should not be scared. This river has wildlife all around. Birds, Fish, Turtles, Otters, Snakes, Rabbits, Deer, Frogs and Alligators. You may see one and you may not. If you do, just glide by. Do not feed them and do not try to touch them and they will gladly stay far away from you.

How long does it take to Kayak or Paddle Board to the Head of the Spring from the K.P Hole?

1 hour. The lazy river, off of the Rainbow River is a must see! Also known as Indian Creek.

What happens if it storms while Im on the river?

Sing in the Rain! Its Florida. It will pass. Seriously, if you feel unsafe. Get to dry land as quick as possible. Bunker down and pray it passes so you can get back out there.

Can I bring my phone on the river?

Yes, we would highly recommend buying a lock box. If you do not have one, we can rent one to you for $5.

Can I drink Alcohol on the river.

No. Alcohol is not allowed on the Rainbow River.

Can I bring food and non alcoholic drinks on the Rainbow River?

Yes but do not feed any wildlife. Important: Acceptable containers include Tupperware, Rubbermaid or a thermos. Unlawful containers include: paper sacks, boxes, plastic water bottles, aluminum cans, breakable plastic, utensils, paper napkins and towels.

Is there any laws that I need to know about the Rainbow River that may be unusual.

Yes. You can only bring reusable containers on the river. Such as Tupperware or Yeti Cups. You can not bring Cans, Glass, Plastic or Paper. Coolers are subject to search and yes wildlife officers are on the Rainbow River all day and they will look. It is considered trespassing if you get off of the Rainbow River at any other location except for the Blue Run Park or K.P. Hole.

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, no you can not. Its for everyones safety and your animals safety. With that being said, your service animal is allowed.

Im Overwhelmed. What is the best way to enjoy the Rainbow River?

The short answer is, stay up! Get in at the K.P. Hole and go up river, not down. The majority of the pictures that you see online are from the upper part of the river. Once you get in at the K.P. Hole you have about a 20 minute paddle and you will see on the right hand side the clearest part of the river that is hip to waist deep. The elders call it "Indian Creek" The Newbies call it "Gissy Spring" and We call it the "Lazy River of the Rainbow River" It is a must see! After exploring the "Lazy River" you will see so much more as the Aqua Blue Water gets more blue and more blue. Grab your go pro or camera and take pictures of the wildlife all around you as you continue to paddle about 40 minutes to the head of the river. I am a 44 year resident of Dunnellon and I still gasp for air and point my finger when I see a family of turtles, otters, beautiful birds and large bass beneath me. The scenery of grooomed homes, jumping trees, and homemade rope swings take you to a mind set of peace, family and comfort. All this before you reach the head of the Rainbow River which is a huge beautiful 25 foot blue lagoon. After taking in the beauty you will simply glide back to the K.P. Hole. I would recommend packing a lunch. Having a picnic under a big oak tree, relaxing in the shade with the perfect view makes for the perfect day.

Do you offer multi days or weekly rentals?

Yes we do! We will bring your River Rental to you and pick it up when your done. Call for a quote.

Do you offer Tube Rentals?

Yes! We can rent tubes to anyone who lives or is renting a house on the Rainbow River. Sorry, we can not provide this service to you if you are not living or renting a house on the river. The fee to rent a tube is $8.56. This includes the delviery of your inflated tube to your river house destination. You simply hop in the river from your residence/rental house, float down and we will pick you up and bring you home.

Can you tell me about the Manatee Kayaking Eco Tour?

Our Manatee Kayaking Tour accomadates up to 4 people for ony $267.50. This will include a Kayak or Kayaks for your party. Each person will receive a wet suit, a life jacket and a guide that will lead you to the manatees. You can get in the water with the manatees or watch them through the crystal clear water. You will park your vehicle at Pete's Pier. This is where you will launch with your guide. The address is 1 SW 1st Pl, Crystal River Fl 34429 If you have more than 4 people in your party that is completly fine. It will be an additional $53.50 and everything is included! Due to COVID we are not providing any snorkels or masks but feel free to bring your own. Please click here to book a extra person.

What is your cancellation, reschedule and raincheck policy?

To cancel or reschedule please contact us within 24 hours of your booking. Funds will not be refunded if you cancel or reschedule outside of the 24 hour period. All funds will be refunded if the customer cancels within 24 hours or the client can reschedule for another day. A raincheck means the weather forced you to reschedule. If you receive a raincheck you will receive a credit to book another day and time as the weather permits. There will be no expiration date on a raincheck and it is transferable to someone else.

How fast is the current on the Rainbow River?

The average current is 1.5 knots or 1.72 mph.

How long does it take to Kayak down the Rainbow River?

Typically about 2 hours.

What is the temperture of the Rainbow River?

72 degrees year round.

Where do I meet my River Rat Attendant when I arrive at the KP Hole

Go to the "Palm Tree that has Sunglasses all over it" Yes! I said the Palm Tree. One day somebody put their sunglasses on the Palm Tree and then somebody else did and somebody else did and so on and so on. Now it looks like this! :)

What does the vehicle look like that will be delivering my equipment or shuttling me.

Your are looking for a White Dodge Ram Truck, normally carrying a trailer or a White Dodge Durango. Both vehicles have "Blue Run Cart Master & River Rat Rentals" decals on both sides.