KP Hole is named after the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal order much like the Masons or Knights of Columbus. This area was used for their annual Fourth of July Boys Picnics in the early to mid-1900s.
The Rainbow River is 5.7 miles long from the head spring (located at the Rainbow Springs State Park) to the conflux of the Withlacoochee River.
The four main “vents” (encompassed by the Rainbow Springs State Park) have an average daily output of more than 400 million gallons of water per day.
The current averages approximately 1½ knots.
Like most freshwater springs in Florida, the average water temperature is 72 degrees year round.
Most of the natural river bed ranges between 8-15 feet deep, although there are deeper areas. Garfish Hole, also known as Devil’s Elbow, located approximately ½ mile upriver from the K.P. Hole, on the east side of the Rainbow River, is the deepest accessible area for divers. It averages between 20 and 26 feet deep.
Rules of Rainbow River at the KP Hole
Rainbow River and the launch site we use, KP Hole Park, are managed by Marion County Parks and Recreation Department. This public park gets very busy at peak times of the year. To maintain the natural beauty of the area and to make the park and river enjoyable for as many people as possible, they enforce the following rules:
- Pets and alcohol are not permitted.
- Coolers are subject to search.
- Disposable containers (such as cans, plastics, glass, plastic foam or paper) are not permitted on the Rainbow River.
- Divers and snorkelers are required to float a “diver-down” flag.
- The entire Rainbow River is a designated “Idle Speed/No Wake” zone.
- The main springs are protected. Motorized vessels, anchoring, diving, and fishing are not permitted beyond the marker buoy.
- Exiting the Rainbow River at any point except the Tuber’s Exit (also known as Blue Run of Dunnellon Park) is considered unlawful trespassing and violators may be subject to arrest.
- Personal float size may not exceed 60 inches in any dimension. Tying or lashing together of floats may not exceed 10 feet.
- Fees and cut-off times are subject to change without notice.
- All rentals require proof the renter is at least 18 years of age. Acceptable identification includes a driver’s license, state-issued identification card, military identification, or passport.