Details for Hontoon Island State Park Marina

Hontoon Island State Park Marina

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 37 reviews

Address 2309 River Ridge Rd
DeLand, FL 32720


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: State Park Marina.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager

Ken Torres



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

MasterCard and Visa.

Payment discounts

Discount for Florida seniors (>65).

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Bigger boats shoudl approach from the south, follow the ferry route in, to the outer docks. The inner docks have only 2-4 feet of depth.





Tide & current additional info

1/2 to 1.5 knots at normal river levels. Strong, 4+, when the river is flooded.


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 4
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Approach: 6-8'
Slips: 6-4'

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: 44 slips including ends. Dock sections are short.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 80
Beam max: 40

Other info: 2 end of dock berths can accommidate 80 foot length. Other slips at 30 feet LOA.


Transient: 40
Total: 40
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Flat rate of $22 per night plus tax. Florida residents 65 and over pay 1/2 price. Includes 30/50 amp power, water and showers. One 50 amp service on the west T is normally used by the dockmaster. East T dock is 65 feet, fitting two 40 foot boats stern to with bows extending past the dock. The east T is the only dock with 5 feet of depth. Slips serve small boats. Add tax to the transient price.

Slips are provided for day use and overnight dockage. They are rented on a first come, first serve basis.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Only one 50 amp/220 outlet located at the end of the west T dock, or the first dock you approach heading upstream. Water along side is 6 feet. The east T dock has four 30 amp outlets.

Pricing info: One 30 amp included with the slip price. Second 30 amp is $7 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included with slip price.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: They must be kept on a six-foot, hand held leash and be well behaved at all times. Guide dogs and handicapped service dogs are welcome in all areas of the parks.

Disability access


Launch service

Pump out







Yes - Included for registered guests. It's an $8 fee otherwise.






Yes - The island store has basic supplies and toiletries. Some food items along with snacks, ice cream, sodas, and coffee are available. Not an extensive selection by any means. Mostly lunch items. Great ice cream selection and ice all for a very reasonable price.





Hotels or motels

Yes - Across the river at Hontoon Landing.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Very limited.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - The park store at the head of the docks has an open WiFi. Good Verizon signal.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Free electric ferry (8 am until one hour before sunset) between Hontoon Island and the parking lot at DeLand. There is a donation tube loated on the park side.

Other services


Hontoon Island State Park has over 4 miles of hiking trails on 1650 acres. Bicycle, kayaks, and canoes are available for rent and the Visitors Center offers a look into one of the oldest native american settlements in North America.

Reviews for Hontoon Island State Park Marina
Huntoon State Park Marina, 2017-05-09
Captain: , Altamonte Springs, Fl (140)

This marina is reasonably priced. The docks are floating, and all slips have 30 amp electric. There are two end slips with 50 amp.
They have charcoal grills for use (bring your own charcoal), rest rooms, showers, and a very small store. I would have given the 5 stars, except there is no pump out.

We go there many times during the year, with and without our cruise club. Very relaxing and quiet.
They do not accept reservations at the state marina. However, If a group is going there, the first one there can get red pilons from the office and "reserve" the slips for a few hours while the rest of the group is on the way. They like club cruisesIf you pull in after they close, just take a slip, and settle with them in the morning.
There is no wifi on the park grounds, however, there are open wifi's which can be used. May require a "Wifi range extender". BNrighthouse or whatever they are called, hjas wifi pon the poles across the river near the park parking lot. One is "open" and one requires a password from BH. both require a "range extender"
If you are a Florida resident and over 65, the slip is $10/night.
They have nature trails and some are boardwalk style for the handicaped.
There ae cabins and tent campsites for rent for those who do not have sleepin facilities aboard.

The rangers are not boaters, or dock masters. Moreover, they may be volunteers. Attitudes vary greatly between individuals....
The dock breaker panels are located on the back wall behind the rangers office. You may reset yours if it trips.
As many have stated, this is not a 5 star marine, but for what it cost, its great
Warning: Across the river there is Huntoon resort marina. They charge $25 for a pumpout and usually the hihest gas prices on the river. Holly Bluff marina around the corner charges $5.

Nice marina for small boats, 2017-05-05
Captain: , Frostproof Fl (260)

Only 2 T docks for larger boats, other slips are for maybe up to 30 ft. boats. Really quiet area, with lots of nice trails, small store, and clean rest rooms and showers. We spent a lot of time sitting and rocking in the rocking chairs outside the store. No wifi.

a great state park, 2017-03-31
Captain: , Annapolis (3379)

Not much room for boats 38' and up. One can take the west t head. The east T head has two designated tie ups. But boats must tie close to each other. The first arrival is not always cooperative though. A bit of negotiating skill goes along way. Rangers may also help. Nice trail to hike. Recommend circumnavigating the island by dinghy.

Volunteer Marina Hosts, 2017-02-21
Captain: , Hontoon Island (10)

Hi, I am the volunteer coordinator at Hontoon Island State Park. I wanted to let boaters know that we offer volunteer marina host positions at the park. You can get a free slip in exchange for 20 hours of volunteer work per week per slip (if there are 2 people on 1 boat you can split it 10 hours each). Volunteer work may range from general maintenance, driving the ferry shuttle, store operations, interpretation, resource management and more. Contact me at Tess.Busch@Dep.State.Fl.US if you are interested or fill out a volunteer application on the FL State Parks website.

Stayed at Hontoon Is State Park docks Jan 13-15 2017, 2017-01-23
Captain: , Little River, SC (51)

We are 42 feet so the T-heads east and west accommodate us best. The east T has twin 30 amp service. The west T has 50 amp service. Also the first inside slip on the east side of the west Tee has 50 amp service but this is a short slip. A 40 footer tied there the previous time that we were here and worked out his lines sufficiently. Water service here is clean. Pontoon ferry runs all day long starting 8AM. Seniors get $10 a day rate!! Ask for it. Other good comments as to park still good. Note that the big boat on the west Tee is no longer there permanently as reported.

Great place for a weekend, 2016-11-30
Captain: , Sanford, Fl (218)

We ran from Lake Monroe up to Hontoon Island SP on Thanksgiving Day and stayed till Monday. The marina was pretty full as a boat club was having a rendevous but there were still empty slips. The marina is in a slow speed zone so there is no problem with wakes from passing boats. There are nice walking trails throughout the park to pass the day. They have a small store, snack bar really with drinks and things. There is a free shuttle going across the river, the park is an island, that lands beside Hontoon Landing Marina and there you will find a deli and a store with more food, some clothing, groceries and gifts. All in all it was a great weekend.

What a relaxing place, 2016-05-01
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (949)

We stayed from Monday thru Sunday night. Grew up here in DeLand and used to come here as a child. It is a well run, very clean park. The rangers are excellant, friendly and informative. Enterprise will pick you up. Very clean rest rooms and showers. 2 T heads for 40' plus boats but the western most one is occupied by a large Krogen that has been here for quite a while with a resident volunteer that is no longer a resident as he bought a home a month ago. I am on the eastern most T with about 5' of water. I'm 42' and draw 4.5'. My partnet boat was 39' and draws 3.5 and got in just inboard of me fine. Calm during the week but busy on the weekends. Not many boats though.

Unique state park experience, 2016-03-14
Captain: , Illinois (2562)

Nice stop! Docks are a bit short but the electricity and water are very handy. The showers are clean and the trails quite interesting. There is a museum and small store and gift shop. Several geocaches are in fun locations. Don't miss the shell midden if you get the chance to stop in.

Stayed here again. All the good stuff applies. The finger docks are short requiring a stern first docking. The wooden docks are aging making wearing shoes a must.

Friendly place with everything you need and nothing that you don't..., 2016-03-12
Captain: , Montgomery MN (171)

Really nice state park. Floating docks with water/electric hookups and showers for about $21 night on 1st come/1st served basis. (No reservations taken) Quiet during the week but does get busy on the weekends. Well run and maintained picnic and camping areas. Lots of walking trails around the island.

Great place to dock, 2016-03-07
Captain: , Cypress Point (10)

Great place, staff were great during our 10 day stay. has store with the needed item, ice, trash bags, water, showers (hot water). Great place for the family with lots of nature.

Real cool layover, 2015-12-18
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1422)

Great staff, clean facilities, priced right.

Would have stayed longer than three days. Will return on way back for another visit., 2015-05-30
Captain: , Jekyll Island Ga (482)

Very nice State park. If you are Florida resident the fee is half price. We paid $20.00 per night for a 50 amp service, hot showers that were clean. A T dock with 5 ft. of water. Free water at dock just do not wash your boat. The floating docks are nice and wide with lighting. Most are designed for small craft or 40 ft trawler would only go on the T dock. The rangers are super nice. Lots of wild life and a short ride to Blue spring park. Take your dink around the island on Snake Creek for a amazon experience. We were there in March so we can not comment on bugs. Snacks at the office and wi fi across the river from the marina there. No amenities, grocery or other shops here. So 4 stars for that and 5 for the natural setting.

Great for lover's of Nature, 2015-03-11
Captain: , Vinegar Post,VA (172)

Many trails to walk. Alligators, turtles, and many species of birds. The staff are awesome! Can only reach the park by ferry or private boat. Inexpensive dockage fee. Great visitor's center. Limited ships store. Only reason for four stars is lack of grocery and transportation to the grocery.

Wonderful Staff, 2015-02-20
Captain: , Summerlin, NV (350)

We stayed there for several nights along with other members of our small boat club (22' - 25'). The Park Rangers were wonderful to meet and interact with, and welcomed opportunities to help educate us to the wonders of the area. Thanks folks!! Prices were reasonable and the store had the necessities, including ice cream (even in February). We would definitely stay there again and look forward to it.

Good Stop but Limited Opportunities, 2014-03-16
Captain: , Everett, Washington (824)

Hontoon Landing is a nice spot, nice people, good dockage rate, and the park is a great place to explore. The dockage is very limited to about three cruising lengths boats. The remainder of the slips are for the fishing boat size and it is shallower. We had to wait out the weather and it was good place to stay.

Tdock east side, 2014-02-15
Captain: , Camp Lejeune, NC (180)

West dock was taken up by volunteer ranger. East dock had 6 ft on 70 t dock. Cost 20.50 per night. Rangers very helpful. Beautiful setting. Protected from southern quardrant no current. Some snacks available in store. No pumpout but available across River at a Marina.

T dock overnight, 2013-05-13
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, Fl (570)

We are 37 ft and docked on the west T dock with the only 50amp plug. All others are 30amp. It cost $20.25 for a night stay. After 7pm we were the only one left on the island. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Quiet and wind protection.

Watch the shallow water, 2013-04-03
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

Great stop for the price but watch the shallow water for deep-draft boats. Ours is 4 feet and we bumped a lot on the west T. Other than that, great stop if you just want basic amenities and nature. Convenient to Blue Spring, 3 miles away. Nice walking trail, had scullers practicing the whole time we were there. Can't beat the price and setting.

Our second time at the park, 2013-04-02
Captain: , Welaka,Fl (60)

Two nights at the North T-dock. Like last visit, we could not ge the 50 amp service to work (voltage drop). 30 Amp worked fine, so we had everything lit up except the AC units. The ceramic space heater was all that was needed for sleeping comfort. Miles of rails well-maintained; wlaking or biking. Great dinghy ride around the island. Staff was friendly and courteous; store has some unique locally produced items well as ice cream.

The docks and electric service are getting old. Maybe one day there will be some funds to upgrade.

Pretty Basic, 2013-03-31
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

We arrived here at 2:30 and were able to snag a T-head. It is shallow, perhaps 4 ft. at the west dock, but we were able to get in. There is water and electric for $20. Shore facilities (showers and toilets) are OK, remember it is a state park.

They do not take reservations, so get here early if you can. Lots of places to explore in your dinghy or Kayak. Also a 1.5 mile walk down the island that is beautiful and great exercise. All in all, not a bad place to stop.

Nice, quiet, 2013-02-09
Captain: , Topsail Beach, NC (480)

Very nice location with ample facilities. We were able to pick up a good wifi signal with our Bad Boy booster. Also got a few over the air digital TV channels...major networks.

Walking trails are nice. Great location for rowing or kayaking. We saw manatees right at the dock.

They do not take reservations. Even if you call ahead they will not hold a space for you. There is only one long face dock available for transients and our friends called ahead to ask them to hold it for them as it is the only space that could handle their large boat. The request was made only a couple of hours before arrival. When we arrived there was a 25 footer already on that dock that easily could have pulled into a slip instead. Other than that one complaint this is a nice stop.

You can ride the free ferry across the river to the marina that has a little convenience store and gifts, etc.

I understand not taking reservations, but the face dock should be held open for boats over 35 feet or so since it is the only location such a boat will fit.

Interesting Park Stop, 2013-01-20
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

A Florida State Park accessable by boat or ferry only. Many hiking trails. Docks are floating. North dock normally occupied by volunter. South T dock is '65 long, capable of hosting two 40' boats, stern to with bows extending past dock. There are four 30 amp outlets on the T. Park policy is to not assist in docking due to liability, but docking is easy with little current. The voluteers were helpful and friendly - did find one of the park rangers to be a bit cranky. A good stop along the river that is a great value. Total price for dockage is less than we have paid just for electric hookup at some marinas. This is not a resort marina, but if you are expecting a quiet state park, you will be pleased.

Ditto on the review below, 2013-01-08
Captain: , Charlestown (946)

For a State park it is a four. If it were a private facility I would give it a three. This is a place to stop for the day for hiking, but that's it. No wifi or groceries near by. Staff is friendly.

Been there, done that., 2012-11-07
Captain: , Orlando, FL (81)

Been there but was not impressed with their attitude to boaters.

Gorgeous!, 2012-11-01
Captain: , Palm Coast, FL (385)

Beautiful, quiet place for overnight or a few days stay. Docks are excellent and you cannot beat the price. Can get busy on holidays and week ends but week days are very quiet.

Quiet and isolated., 2012-06-17
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

We spent May 30 and 31 here. It was a very quiet, peaceful stop for a couple of days. There was only one other boat in the marina during this time and no one in the campgrounds! Apparently on the weekends though the park will be very crowded.

Directions for approaching from the south and NOT the north are accurate. We were on the northern most T dock with enough water for our 3'8" draft with no problem but the water was shallow 10 feet away from the dock.

Previous post advising no help docking is accurate but then as stated the ranger is not there to assist in docking but he was most helpful for information related to the park. He did have to turn the power to the electrical pedistal so be sure and ask for that to be done.

There is a small display about the park that was quite informative. Bike riding around the island was ok but not much around. A dinghy ride around the area was great for alligator sightings and as well as turtles and manatee.

Good Rest Stop, 2012-05-14
Captain: , North Charleston, SC (752)

I don't understand the complaint about the rangers not providing docking assistance. They are park rangers, not dockhands. This isn't supposed to be a five star resort marina, it's a State Park, a nature area.

If you can manuver your boat up against a T head or in between two finger piers, step off and tie it up yourself, it's a nice rest stop. Where else will you pay $20.25 for a slip for the night including electricity and water? Even though we can shower on our boat, it's nice to have the extra room and unlimited high pressure hot water for showering now and then.

We hiked the nature trail, checked out the exhibits, showered, dropped off trash, and had a quiet night.

The rangers are friendly. It is what it is, and it does a good job of it.

The highlite of our St. Johns trip, 2012-04-29
Captain: , baltimore md (644)

We followed a previous post about coming in from the south. It worked fine for us with a 4' draft. We side tied port side to at the t-head in the middle of the basin. The Northern t-head is occupied by the harbor host. The park offers water and 30 amp elelectric, very nice showers a store with the a nice assortment of nonperishables. The park rangers are very nice as are the harbor host. they all manage the park, drive the ferry and check campers in. I enjoyed the trails and met my new best friend, a armadiilo..All sorts of wildlife. We took our dingy to Blue Springs and floated the springs then ran the loop back to the park via dead river. We found Holly Bluff personel helpful and thats were we got gas for the dingy. Have your food and diesel with you. Met some very nice people across the river from the park. We loved the place, spent 5 days here a couple were bad weather days. well protected area. Good air tv and verizon service all for $20.00 per day!

Docking at Hontoon Island, 2012-04-20
Captain: , Green Bay (44)


Hazard On Approach, 2012-03-26
Captain: , Louisville (301)

Docked here this morning. While approaching from the North, do not attempt to turn to the West to approach T heads, if you have more than a 3 foot draft. We did so and ran aground next to a 40' Marine Trader already tied there. This was after calling ahead and talking to the Harbor master who gave us no information about this hazard. If you draw over 3', you MUST approach from the south along the stone wall beneath the Park sign. Then proceed to a T head. No slips available here for any boat drawing over 4' except on the T heads.

Would have been nice if the Harbormaster had properly informed us of this approach hazard.

Been there several times., 2012-03-16
Captain: , Oviedo (306)

Nice quiet place to stop for a night (or make it a day trip).
At least 3 feet depth on most slips.
Interesting trails and camping areas.

Stay here for the Natural Beauty, 2012-01-17
Captain: , St Johns, FL (160)

This is not a fancy resort marina, dont expect dock attendants, luxury lounges or martini bars. But if you want a great boat camping experience in a natural paradise, this is your stop. Bring the camera and hiking shoes. Don't miss this place! Slips are not large, we got our 34' trawler inside but it was tight. Current is a factor, not bad but dont be surprized.

Nice alternative to too pricey, 2011-11-13
Captain: , St. Lucie River (158)

Total cost including power was 20.25. There are two end tie ups, one with 50 amp and one with 30 amp for bigger boats. No reservations. The end tie ups handled our 4.5 foot draft, 46 footer with only minor issues. The pylons are very low, and we had to be creative with fenders to keep them away from the fiberglass as it curves out. Nice state park atmosphere with pretty views. Looks like a restaurant on other side of river (dinghy away), but we did not try it.

Hontoon Island State Park, 2011-03-24
Captain: , Toronto (10)

Seniors non-Florida resident rate is $20/nite.

Depth on outside eastern T was less than our draft, 4 ft 6". We approached from the east and just made it, but aground at the dock. Had to back out the way we went in.

it's cheap, quiet, nice,, 2010-12-01
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

very reasonable, but docks are pretty small. Recomend using the T docks, marina kinda shallow.
Small museum, small store, check in at ranger station on south end of building.
30 and 50 amp on t dock. water also.
inexspenve dockage.

Hontoon Island State Park, 2010-06-03
Captain: , Patrick AFB Florida (1254)

Great place to stop for a night or two. Pontoon ferry to the "mainland" operated by Ranger Rick. Overnights may be limited to 30 days, but the ranger didn't really specify other than that 30 days would be OK (we're only staying two). Nature trails abound; watch out fo pygmy rattlers on the trails (according to the ranger). Circuit breakers for the dock are on the back side of the building.

Little store has T-shirts, Snickers bars ice-cream, and some microwave breakfast items! It doesn't get any better than this for about $10.00 a night (Florida resident senior rate) with electric and water.

inexpensive, 2009-07-19
Captain: , Tierra Verde Fl. (138)

At $18.00 a nite(1/2 price for seniors or handicapted) including electric, & water you may want to hang out awhile. One downside for larger boats is there is only on 50 amp 220 outlet and it is located at the end of the west "T" dock. This dock will handle up to 50' with 6' depth along side. One the weekends you will have a lot of the local regulars who are very friendly and helpful. 6 mile walking trail, primative cabins, campground.

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