About: This island, located in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, welcomes visitors to enjoy nature and history in quiet solitude. The island is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Evidence of Native American habitation over thousands of years can be witnessed as visitors hike through the park. Stop in and walk through the impressive visitor center to learn more about the many inhabitants and uses of Hontoon Island over the years. Boating, canoeing, and fishing are popular activities and canoe rentals are available. Picnic areas include tables, grills, and a playground. Overnight boat slip rentals are also available. The park's ferry operates daily from 8:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Located six miles west of Deland off State Road 44.
Hontoon Island has 40 slips for boat camping in an idle zone on the St. Johns River. Each slip has potable water and marine style 30 amp electric hook-up and a restroom with hot showers. Cooking grills are located nearby in the picnic area. The Island offers picnic area with grills, small playground, horseshoes and 5.75 miles of hiking trails. The island museum and store sells snacks, drinks and souvenirs. Canoes and kayaks are available for rental. Fishing is popular but bait is not sold on Island. Reservations are not accepted. All slips are first come, first served. The nearest public boat ramps are found approximately three miles north at Ed Stone County Park. Please plan to arrive at the park before dark.
Hontoon Island has 12 tent sites in a very primitive environment. Each site has a picnic table, a ground grill and access to potable water. The campground is in a hammock area so it is shady. Restroom facilities are located in the center of the campground, which and include ADA accessible facilities and hot showers and flush toilets.
A spacious youth camp area, available for scouts and other organized groups, accommodates up to 30 people. Potable water, picnic tables, campfire circle, cooking grill, and a nearby restroom with hot showers are available. Youth groups may reserve up to 60 days ahead while organized adult groups may reserve up to 30 days ahead. Call the park for reservations at (386) 736-5309.
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