Hontoon Island State Park

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Hontoon Island State Park
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Map showing the location of Hontoon Island State Park
Map showing the location of Hontoon Island State Park
Location Volusia County, Florida, USA
Nearest city DeLand, Florida
Coordinates 28°58′01″N 81°21′47″W / 28.96694°N 81.36306°W / 28.96694; -81.36306Coordinates: 28°58′01″N 81°21′47″W / 28.96694°N 81.36306°W / 28.96694; -81.36306
Area 1,648 acres (6.67 km2)
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Hontoon Island State Park is a 1,648-acre (6.67 km2) Florida State Park located on Hontoon Island between the St. Johns River and the Hontoon Dead River in Volusia County. It is six miles (10 km) west of DeLand, off SR 44, and can only be reached by boat or park-operated passenger ferry. No motorized vehicles, other than wheelchairs, are allowed to be brought onto the island and there is no swimming. The island has pine flatwoods, palm and oak hammocks, bald cypress swamps and marshes. Hontoon Island is surrounded by the St. Johns River, the Hontoon Dead River, and Snake Creek.

Activities include horseshoes, cycling, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, as well as hiking, camping, picnicking, and nature viewing and photography. The island can be circumnavigated with a nine and a half-mile (14 km) day trip; Blue Spring State Park is a short paddle up the St. Johns (3.5 miles) one way. Amenities include canoe rentals, bike paths, eleven tent sites and six rustic cabins. The park also has overnight boat slip rentals, playground equipment, picnic tables, and a 3.4-mile (5.5 km) nature trail. The park has a lending library with picture books for children aged four to nine. The park is open from 8:00 am till one hour before sunset year-round.

Snake Creek, which forms the southern boundary of the island

Rentals[edit]

Bicycle rentals are $6 per hour or $15 all day. Canoe and kayak rentals are $20 for up to four hours and $40 all day. All rentals must be returned by 5 p.m. There are no refunds for inclement weather. Tent sites and marina slips rent for $18 per night. Four-person cabins rent for $30 per night and six-person cabins rent for $35 per night.

The Timucuan Indians were the first inhabitants of Hontoon Island. Evidence of their presence can be seen by a large shell mound that still exist at the end of the Hammock Trail, 1.7 miles one way, on what is mostly a shaded hike.

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