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 is
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.