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Hontoon Island State Park
IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area)
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
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Hontoon Island State Park is a 1,648 acre Florida State Park located on Hontoon Island between the St. Johns River and the Hontoon Dead River in Volusia County. It is six miles west of DeLand, off SR 44, and can only be reached by boat or park operated ferry. 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 boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, as well as hiking, camping, picnicking, and nature viewing. The island can be circumnavigated with a nine-mile day trip; Blue Spring State Park is a short paddle up the St. Johns. Amenities include canoe rentals, bike paths, twelve tent sites and six rustic cabins. The park also has overnight boat slip rentals, playground equipment, picnic tables,and a 3-mile nature trail. The park is unique in having a lending library with picture books for children aged four to nine. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year round.

Snake Creek, which forms the southern boundary of the island.

Wildlife gallery

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