Florida State Parks are managed to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. Because the Rainbow River is a popular destination, there are a number of regulations in place to protect it. These are a few:
- No tubing is allowed within 1800 feet of the headsprings.
- Swimming and snorkeling within the first 1800 feet of the headsprings is restricted to the buoyed swimming area to prevent injury and uprooting of water plants.
- Motors are not allowed within 1800 feet of the headsprings and you are not allowed in any way to anchor, land, or get out of your vessel other than at the designated canoe dock.
The restricted area is clearly mark by a buoy placed in the center of the river 1800 feet from the headsprings.
County and State ordinances applying to the entire Rainbow River include:
- It is unlawful to possess alcoholic beverages or to possess any food or drink in a disposable container.
- You must display the appropriate "diver down" flag while snorkeling or scuba diving.
- Vessels may not go faster than idle speed or cause a wake.
By following these rules, the Rainbow River will be safer, cleaner, and protected for all to enjoy.