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Tomoka STATE PARK
 In the early 1600’s, Spanish explorers found Native Americans living in the village of Nocoroco, living off these fish-filled lagoons and discarding their oyster and snail shells into mounds known as “shell middens” with remnants that can still be seen today along the river.
The Tomoka and Halifax Rivers meet at the north end of Tomoka State Park forming a natural peninsula. These 12 miles of shoreline creates some of the best fishing spots in Ormond Beach and provides a perfect location for a relaxing time with family and friends. A survey by the Florida Marine Research Institute has identified 90 different species of fish in the Tomoka River. This includes important game fish such as red drum, black drum, sheepshead, spotted sea trout, common snook, and tarpon. A salt water fishing license may be required. Size and bag limits are strictly enforced. All of the current regulations are available at the park.
Five picnic pavilions are available throughout the day use areas of Tomoka State Park. They can accommodate between 24-36 people with additional outlying tables, grills and restroom facilities within walking distance. These pavilions offer advanced reservation possibilities, up to 60 days prior. Call the ranger station at 386-676-4050 for more information. Our recreation hall facility is now available for rent and is ideal for family reunions, corporate trainings/meetings, weddings, other special events and more. It has seating for up to 100 people, ADA accessible restrooms and parking. Our recreation hall facility has a projection and sound system with wireless microphones. It can be reserved by calling 386-676-4075. Go to https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Tomoka and click on the meetings and retreats tab for more information.
Residents and visitors alike can stroll along a half-mile interpretive nature trail through a hardwood hammock that was once an indigo field for an 18th century British landowner. Come experience a variety of wildlife habitats, including numerous large live oaks with arching limbs covered in Spanish moss, resurrection fern and green-fly orchids. Salt marshes flourish here and serve as food and breeding grounds for oysters, snails, fiddler crabs, numerous species of fish and wading birds.
During the summer, the endangered West Indian Manatee often takes refuge with their young in the Tomoka River. This area is also a bird lover’s paradise with sightings of more than 160 species during the spring and fall migrations. Hawks, woodpeckers, herons, and eagles are a regular sight in the park.
The park provides a full facility campground with 100 sites located in a beautiful hammock setting. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, grill, electric, water hook-ups, three restroom facilities with hot showers and a playground. Visitors
and campers may see a variety of wildlife such as raccoons, bobcats, gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer and sometimes otters and bottlenose dolphins. The onsite campstore, Tomoka Outpost, 386 673- 0022 offers canoe and kayak rentals, as well as a variety of camping supplies, refreshments and general sundries. There is also a boat ramp located here for river access. The park store, Tomoka Outpost, under new management, has added comfortable rocking chairs, an outdoor firepit, a variety of board games, boat tours upon reservation and is continuing its beer and wine service. The Outpost are adding improvements weekly so stop by and say hello to Master Captain Scott Cornelius of Good Life Charters and hear about future additions.
For the adventurers and explorers we offer a number of geocache sites Tomoka State Park, which guide geo seekers to scenic, often overlooked sites in the parks. Our growing interpretive and volunteer programs give you the chance to learn about the history of this area and “get involved” in its ongoing preservation and protection. Volunteers are a valuable and much needed resource in our state park system. We are always looking for volunteers, at all skill levels and varying hours of availability to help rangers maintain the parks. You’ll be provided a T-shirt and hat to wear while performing your duties. Volunteers can perform trail maintenance, help with park projects, be trained to lead guided hikes, and so much more. Volunteers are rewarded with free admission to a park after 100 hours of volunteer service (intended for the volunteer and immediate family) has been contributed to that park and issuance of a Special Volunteer Annual Pass after 500 hours of volunteer service good for free entry to most of our state parks. In appreciation for volunteering we hold annual volunteer recognition events, offer certificates of appreciation, small awards and more. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at 386-676-4075, or pick up a volunteer application at the ranger station today. So come explore the rich natural beauty that old Florida has to offer and leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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