Effective Nov. 15, 2020, to March 31, 2021: The spring run at Blue Spring State Park is closed to all water activities for manatee season. This includes swimming, snorkeling, tubing, paddling, and diving.

HONTOON ISLAND STATE PARK

ACCESSIBLE ONLY BY PRIVATE BOAT OR PARK 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 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.