Re: Canoes / Tubing near Ocala.
We used to go camping in this area a lot in the 80s - specifically I remember canoeing and swimming in Rainbow River in Dunnellon, which is actually a bit southwest of Ocala. The water was crystal clear, and you could just let the current carry you. No gaters either! And there were no crowds like at Manatee Springs I think it was. I don't remember any places that we stayed in Ocala itself - other than in the National Forest for Thanksgiving, but no tubing or canoeing on that trip. Here's a web site for the state parks in that area.floridastateparks.org/northe... Hope this helps.
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