This page is for friends of the KP and Rainbow River, Present, Past and Future.
About KP Hole Park:
Since 1953, KP Hole® Park has been the year-round family destination for spending the day on the spring-fed Rainbow River. While on the 72 degree crystal-clear river, you may encounter a variety of wildlife including alligators, turtles, otters, birds and fish.
For a leisurely adventure, tube the “Rainbow River Classic – the tuber ride of generations.” Rentals, with return shuttle service from Blue Run of Dunnellon Park, are available. The average float takes approximately four hours.
KP Hole® was established in the early 1920s as a boys retreat. In the late 1930s, women were granted access to the facility. Purchased by Marion County in 1953 from a private developer, the park was designated as a public recreation area and formally dedicated to Knights of Pythias member Andrew L. Neville, the original chair of the boys’ outings. Access was free until the mid 1970s, when Marion County added a caretaker’s residence and boat ramp. Until 1993, the facility was operated by a contractor who offered tubing, canoeing and up river boat tours. Marion County assumed operation in 1993. From 1994 until 1996 the park underwent a face lift to protect the waterway. The boat ramp was again replaced in 1998.
View helpful guides here for boating, snorkeling, tubing and more on the Rainbow River, courtesy of the Rainbow River Conservation, Inc.
The Rainbow River is considered one of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Special Waters on their list of Outstanding Florida Waters. The FDEP has also named the Rainbow River one of the state’s Aquatic Preserves. The National Parks Service characterizes the Rainbow River as one of their National Natural Landmarks.