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“What a Great Experience!”

Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak
Ranked #2 of 12 Tours in Dunnellon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak is located at the end of the Rainbow River on the Withlacoochee River. Park your car and ride our upriver shuttle to the paddling destination of your choice. On either river, you float downstream back to your car. We offer the largest selection of canoes and kayaks in the area, Old Town Canoes and 'sit-in' Kayaks and Ocean Kayak 'sit-on-tops'.
Reviewed December 17, 2013

We were down in Florida for Thanksgiving and decided to work off some turkey on 11/30/2013 by kayaking the Rainbow River. We hooked up with Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak in Dunnellon, FL, as our outfitter. We rented kayaks, and they shuttled us in a mini-bus to the put-in point up river at K. P. Hole County Park. We kayaked about a mile further upriver to the headwater springs of the Rainbow in the Rainbow Springs State Park, and then floated downriver to the takeout point which was on the river frontage of RRC&K, about 6 miles total.

The Rainbow River is a spring-fed river with crystal clear water. We saw alot of wildlife; especially fish, birds , otters, and turtles (no alligators, but I'm sure there must be some). The downriver float is easy as the River has a nice current. The scenery, both in the River and along its banks, is spectacular and representative of a true Southern river.

The owner and staff of RRC&K expertly took care of all our needs for an enjoyable, fun-filled day. They can even recommend several very good places along the river to have some lunch and liquid libations after a day of kayaking!

PS - Reserve in advance and receive a 10% discount.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

We did a kayak trip on the Rainbow River in August then a canoe trip on the Withalacoochee River in November. The equipment was in perfect condition and they delivered us to the start point so we could paddle back to where we parked at the rental location. They provide info on what to look for and how to make the most of your full or half day on the river. We plan to keep returning and using them since they are friendly, helpful people and the area is so beautiful.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We rented a canoe from R R C & K. We had a great time. We reserved ahead of time and got a 10% discount. We arrived, we checked in and got the map instructions, we road their shuttle to the KP Hole, launched the canoe with our dog, we paddled upstream to the head springs and back down to R R C & K. Instructions were clear, the trip was great. I have already recommended to friends and we will definitely be back (preferably when no tubers around). I even bought a T-Shirt. Love It!

1  Thank carolee62
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We have rented a canoe twice from Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak. They are really nice people. The springs are incredible and we have found the stretch of the river to be satisfying in terms of physical exertion. Both times we paddled up to Rainbow Springs State Park, adding some length to our outing. If you do this tour, you have to paddle up to the park. The water is deep and clear -- truly beautiful. The second time we canoed we brought our dog. The springs are cool and it is rare to see alligators on this stretch of the river (We tend to be very careful where we take our dog due to the potential for gators). We went in at KP Hole, paddled up to Rainbow Springs SP, then downriver to Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak. Highly recommended.

2  Thank P G
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

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 :)

Park Tips:
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~!

1  Thank WiningWhileDining
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