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Paddling at Rainbow Springs in a Clear Kayak


| Clear Kayaking At Rainbow Springs |

The scenery is breathtaking, and a serene quietness is setting in as you enjoy nature at its prime.

We embark on our Rainbow River adventure at our launch location of KP Hole. Right as we take our first few paddles we are able to see the natural clear blue waters of Rainbow Springs, as well as the surrounding lush landscape. The upcoming paddle will last anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours depending on the speed of the group, and if we see any wildlife along the way. It’s not only one of the most picturesque spots to paddle in Florida, but also a great way to stay active outdoors. Let’s take a further look…

When we enter the water we will be paddling up stream first, making the return a nice relaxing float back. This way we also get the “hard-work” out of the way first. Our guides will point out a few fun facts about the surrounding area, and any wildlife we may see. It’s always a fun game to see who can spot the wildlife first. Try to beat our guides! There are over 14 types of birds to be seen out there, including Great Blue Herons, Hawks, and Cormorants, as well as some bass and plenty of turtles. We’ve even seen otters catching a breath as they swim right by us! It’s a total adventure!

Every day on the water is different. In fact, you won’t ever see the same water twice. Rainbow Springs pumps out on average 800 million gallons of fresh water daily into the entire length of the Rainbow River. There are springs located at the headwaters, smaller springs leading out from numerous, hidden caves, rock crevices, and sand boils. This is the main reason why the water remains so crystal clear. But it gets better! The farther up river you go, the bluer the water gets. The spring’s clear water is 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, always the perfect temperature!

About 30 minutes into the paddle we will reach a very unique stopping point. This side canal is where you will have a chance to get out, snap some pics, and even take a swim if you’d like. You may think you are paddling in a jungle at this point, but we can assure you this spot is a hidden treasure, and definitely worth checking out.

a boat floating along a river next to a body of water


  • Sunscreen (sprayed outside of kayak)
  • Bug spray (sprayed outside of kayak)
  • Hats
  • Water Shoes
  • Water (in re-usable bottle ONLY – plastic is not permitted)
  • Swim Wear
  • Camera