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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.
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Established by the Florida Park Service in the 1970s, the island got its name from William Hunton, the original owner of the land in the 1860s. Over time the island’s name was changed to Hontoon.
Evidence shows that inhabitants have been living along the St. Johns River for over 12,000 years. Shell mounds and other artifacts found on Hontoon Island prove that many Native Americans called this place home.
In the 1500s, Spanish Conquistadors founded the city of St. Augustine, and they built a series of missions throughout North Florida. One of those missions is said to have existed here on the island.
After the Second Seminole War, settlers formed homesteads along the St. Johns River. Their survival depended on fishing and hunting wild game, along with raising cattle and growing crops like citrus, sugar cane, corn, cotton and sweet potatoes. A former soldier named Hunton acquired the property and established a homestead on the island.
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There are many exciting volunteer opportunities for interested parties, including: operating the park’s passenger ferry boat, helping in the island’s store/gift shop, vehicle/building/grounds maintenance, working special events, and much more. Campground Host and Marina Host positions may also be available. Please contact the park office at (386) 736-5309 for more information or visit us at Get Involved.
Anyone interested in supporting or becoming involved with the park’s Citizen Support Organization can find more information at the following: Hontoon Island Foundation CSO, Inc.
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
No entrance fee is required to enter this park.
$18.00 per night plus tax: Primitive Campsite.
$18.00 per night plus tax: Boat Campsite. (Overnight includes water & electric hookups)
$30.00 per night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee. Primitive cabin, up to 4 persons.
$35.00 per night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee. Primitive cabin, up to 6 persons.