We had a blast on the water at Rainbow River, and it was all thanks to staff at Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak. They were really helpful, friendly, and offered a great deal if you want to spend a few hours on the water. Unlike some of the other experiences I've had in the past where there was a set time limit on the rental, RRC&K just had a flat rate. And even though it rained a ton the day we were we out, we had so much fun, and it was so beautiful that we stayed out for about 6 hours on the water, and made it back in time before the shop closed (thanks!). The shuttle service they offer is terrific, and the whole process made everything very easy for us. I wish all companies operated this way :)
Make sure to have at least $5 cash per person for the park entrance fee. The river has a no alcohol, no disposable-items law, so be sure to come prepared if you are packing a lunch or bringing water. We put everything in air-tight Tupperware containers (including our phones & small items) and were happy we brought lunch on board since we ended up staying out so long. Water needs to be in Thermos containers (no plastic bottles), and having a hat, sunglasses and sunblock will be very handy. Maybe bug spray too if it's appropriate.
The canoe is massive for 2 people, so it's great if you are bringing on a lot of gear, but if you're packing light, a kayak would be just fine. Also, you can't sit facing each other to chat on the canoe, so that's something to think about for when you're having lunch or just hanging out on the water. For us, it still worked out well since we had the tupperwares to load in, but the tandem kayak may have worked just as well. Either way, we had an awesome day out on Rainbow River~! Thanks RRC&K~!
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