Tomoka River

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Coordinates: 29°21′38″N 81°05′28″W / 29.36056°N 81.09111°W / 29.36056; -81.09111
Tomoka River
Tomoka River from State Road 40 March 2013.jpg
Tomoka River in Ormond Beach
Country United States
State Florida
Counties Volusia
District SJRWMD
Tributaries
 - left Little Tomoka River
Source Tomoka Farms
 - location Daytona Beach, Florida
 - coordinates 29°08′12″N 81°04′47″W / 29.13667°N 81.07972°W / 29.13667; -81.07972
Mouth Halifax River
 - location Ormond Beach, Florida
 - coordinates 29°21′38″N 81°05′28″W / 29.36056°N 81.09111°W / 29.36056; -81.09111
Length 20 mi (32 km)
Basin 110 sq mi (285 km2)
Halifax River watershed

The Tomoka River is a north-flowing river in Volusia County, Florida, United States. It drains an area of about 110 square miles (280 km2)[1] and is the longest river in Volusia County (excluding the St. Johns River), with a length of 19.6 miles (31.5 km).[2]

Geography[edit]

The Tomoka rises in the forests of Volusia County between Port Orange and Daytona Beach at an elevation of 23 feet (7.0 m). The river then flows north-northeast, passing through the cities of Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach until it empties into the Halifax River. Near its mouth the river passes through the Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve and Tomoka State Park. It also runs next to the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport and Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park.

Manatee sanctuary[edit]

The river and several of its tributaries (Strickland, Thompson and Dodson Creek) are designated as a Manatee Sanctuary. Other rare species that inhabit the river basin include the wood stork, bald eagle, and Atlantic salt marsh snake.

Paddling trail[edit]

There is a 13 miles (21 km) long designated paddling trail from the Riverbend Nature Park to the Tomoka State Park. This trail is unusual as it actually leads 4 miles (6.4 km) upstream from the put-in point, until the river becomes too narrow to continue, then turns around to continue 8 miles (13 km) to the end. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recommends this paddling trail for beginners.[3]

List of crossings[edit]

Crossing Carries Image Location Coordinates
Headwaters 29°08′12″N 81°04′47″W / 29.13667°N 81.07972°W / 29.13667; -81.07972
private road Daytona Beach 29°08′23″N 81°04′50″W / 29.13972°N 81.08056°W / 29.13972; -81.08056
private road Daytona Beach 29°08′48″N 81°05′09″W / 29.14667°N 81.08583°W / 29.14667; -81.08583
790103/790104 I-4.svg Interstate 4 Daytona Beach 29°09′02″N 81°05′14″W / 29.15056°N 81.08722°W / 29.15056; -81.08722
790021/790097 US 92.svg US 92
International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach 29°09′51″N 81°05′26″W / 29.16417°N 81.09056°W / 29.16417; -81.09056
power line maintenance road Holly Hill 29°11′43″N 81°05′57″W / 29.19528°N 81.09917°W / 29.19528; -81.09917
11th Street Bridge
794038
Volusia County 4019.svg CR 4019
LPGA Boulevard
Holly Hill 29°13′02″N 81°06′35″W / 29.21722°N 81.10972°W / 29.21722; -81.10972
790027/790163 Florida 40.svg SR 40
Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach 29°15′17″N 81°07′25″W / 29.25472°N 81.12361°W / 29.25472; -81.12361
Confluence with Little Tomoka River Ormond Beach 29°15′27″N 81°07′24″W / 29.25750°N 81.12333°W / 29.25750; -81.12333
790077/790078 I-95.svg Interstate 95 Ormond Beach 29°15′46″N 81°07′05″W / 29.26278°N 81.11806°W / 29.26278; -81.11806
Island Ormond Beach 29°16′58″N 81°06′06″W / 29.28278°N 81.10167°W / 29.28278; -81.10167
rail bridge FEC Ormond Beach 29°18′16″N 81°05′45″W / 29.30444°N 81.09583°W / 29.30444; -81.09583
790185/790186 US 1.svg US 1
Yonge Street
Ormond Beach 29°18′19″N 81°05′39″W / 29.30528°N 81.09417°W / 29.30528; -81.09417
794016 Old Dixie Highway Ormond Beach 29°20′32″N 81°05′11″W / 29.34222°N 81.08639°W / 29.34222; -81.08639
Mouth 29°21′38″N 81°05′28″W / 29.36056°N 81.09111°W / 29.36056; -81.09111

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boning, Charles R. (2008). Florida's Rivers. Pineapple Press. ISBN 978-1-56164-400-1. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 18, 2011
  3. ^ "Florida Designated Paddling Trails: Tomoka River". Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 

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