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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 is being updated. A draft plan was produced and is being made available to the public for review and comment.A public meeting is being held on December 8, 2015, to present the plan to the public and receive feedback. More information is available.


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Last updated: October 26, 2015

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