For lodging you can rent a house on the river or choose to stay at a motel. Most of the rentals are within walking distance to restaurants, convenience stores, a gun shop, auto repair shops, boat rentals, canoe or kayak rentals and bait stores.
If you like water sports and Nature Dunnellon and Rainbow Springs are the places to be. With two beautiful rivers (Rainbow River and Withlacoochee River) that feed Lake Rousseau everything is possible. You can fish, swim, bird watch, hike, bike, tubing, shop or just relax. Now what more could you ask for?
Rainbow Springs and Dunnellon Florida are famous for The Rainbow River, The KP Hole, The Withlacoochee River and Lake Rousseau.The Rainbow River in Rainbow Springs is feed by a first magnitude spring that ranks fourth in the state for the volume of fresh water it discharges. As much as 400 to 600 million gallons of crystal clear water flow out of the springs every day. Many springs feed the Rainbow River not just the Headsprings. As you drift down the Rainbow River you can see the separate springs boiling up in many spots if look closely. The Rainbow River is 5.7 miles long and meets at the confluence of the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers in Dunnellon at the city beach. These two rivers form Lake Rousseau. The headwaters of Rainbow Springs are located at Rainbow Springs State Park. Rainbow Springs State Park and the KP Hole are popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. At Rainbow Springs you can tube, swim, snorkel, dive, fish, kayak, canoe, picnic, or walk the paths to the one of the tallest waterfalls in Florida to enjoy nature and the many species of plants and animals that live here.Rainbow Springs was first named Wekiwa Creek By the Seminole Indians. In 1972 The Rainbow River was designated as a Registered Natural Landmark. an Aquatic Preserve in 1986, and an "Outstanding Florida Waterway" in 1987. The land around the headwaters of the Rainbow Springs remained privately owned until 1990. Then the State of Florida purchased the springs to save them from over development.The FloridaPark Service officially opened Rainbow Springs State Park on March 9, 1995. Rainbow Springs State Park is comprised of 1,459 upland acres and 13 submerged acres. This also includes around 100 acres of wetlands.The city of Dunnellon has all the accommodations of a much larger city. You will find many antique and novelty shops in the Historic District of Dunnellon. My favorite is the Grumbles House. It has everything from antiques to garden plants and unique gifts.