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"Our springs have been referred to as "liquid bowls of light." When you visit Rainbow Springs you never leave unchanged."

Jeff Sowards, Aquatic Preserve Manager


Marion County


150 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Jeff Sowards
Aquatic Preserve Manager
19152 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 465-8565


  • The Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve encompasses the entire length of the Rainbow River.
  • The river begins at Rainbow Springs and empties into the Withlacoochee River 5.7 miles to the south.
  • Rainbow Springs is Florida's 4th largest spring.
  • The 72 degree F clear water is home to 23 species of 15 genera and 7 families of fishes.
  • This area is rich in cultural resources dating back to 7000-3000 BC.

Management Plan Update

The Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve Management Plan has been updated. A draft plan was produced and made available to the public for review and comment. Those comments and those of the advisory committee were reviewed and the plan has been amended accordingly. The plan was presented to, and approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council at their June 17, 2016 meeting.

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Last updated: November 07, 2016

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