TOMOKA STATE PARK
Native Americans once dwelled here, living off fish?filled lagoons. Today, these waters are popular for canoeing, boating, and fishing. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species, such as the West Indian manatee. Tomoka is a bird?watcher?s paradise, with over 160 species sighted, especially during the spring and fall migrations. Visitors can stroll a one?half?mile nature trail through a hardwood hammock that was once an indigo field for an 18th century British landowner. A museum houses artworks by artist Fred Dana Marsh, wildlife displays, Native American artifacts, and exhibits about Florida?s history. A boat ramp gives boaters and canoeists access to the river. A park store and restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, snacks, camping supplies, and canoe rentals. For canoe rental information, call the Tomoka Trading Post at (386) 671?2774. For overnight stays, the park has full?facility campsites and youth camping. Located three miles north of Ormond Beach on North Beach Street.
Full Facility Camping
The park has one hundred (100) campsites. All sites have a picnic table, grill, electric, and water. The sites do not have sewer hook- ups but a dump station is located within the park. Three bath houses complete with hot showers, one of which is ADA compliant, are conveniently located throughout the campground. Because of the large amount of beautiful trees in our campsites, camping rigs larger than thirty-four feet (34) in length and eleven feet (11) in height cannot be accommodated, and are prohibited from camping in this park. Reservations are taken by phone up to 11 months in advanced. Reservations for campsites may be made by contacting Reserve America, toll free at 1-800-326-3521 between the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm or 1-888-433-0287 for Hearing Disabled. Tomoka also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers aged four to nine. From stars to insects, the Lending Library is a fun way to enhance your child's experience in the Real Florida. For a quiet afternoon or bedtime, share a story with your child to help explain the sights and sounds of Tomoka. Ask the Ranger Station about how to check out a book.
Tomoka State Park has a separate camping area for organized youth groups. The area will accommodate up to thirty-five (35) people. The camping area has picnic tables, grills, and a large fire circle. Restroom facilities complete with hot showers are included. All youth groups must be accompanied by adult chaperones. Reservations are required for this area. Please call Tomoka State Park at 386-676-4050 for Youth Camping reservations.
A boat ramp is located in the park allowing access to the Tomoka River and it?s surrounding tributaries. All of the waters in the vicinity of the park are a designated manatee sanctuary. Boaters should use extreme caution while navigating these waters to help protect this endangered marine mammal. Idle and slow speed zones are strictly enforced.
Canoe rentals are available at the park store. The rivers and tributaries offer a beautiful place to observe the varied bird and marine life of the area. Canoeists are advised to use the rivers and creeks and not to venture into the Tomoka Basin except on very calm days. This large, open body of water can get quite choppy during windy conditions and sudden summer thunderstorms.
The waters surrounding the park are popular for fishing. 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 is required for non- residents and for those fishing from a boat. Size and bag limits are strictly enforced. All of the current regulations are available at the park.
DAY USE AREA
Three bath houses complete with hot showers, two of which are ADA compliant, are conveniently located throughout the campground. Restrooms are located in each picnic area.
Tomoka State Park offers five (5) separate picnic areas throughout the park. There are covered pavilions with grills located at these areas for larger groups. Restrooms are located in each picnic area.
Tomoka State Park has a one-half ( ?) mile interpretive trail that winds its way through a hardwood hammock that was once inhabited by Timucuan Indians. Visitors will pass through the ancient Timucuan village site of Nocoroco, a once thriving community along the banks of the Tomoka River. Using a little imagination one can visualize what it might have been like to live here a thousand years ago. Biting insects can be annoying during the warmer months. Hikers should be prepared for them and bring along insect repellent.
Pet camping is available at Tomoka State Park. Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Quiet hours must be observed from 11:00 p.m.--8:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.
Tomoka State Park is located three miles north of Ormond Beach on North Beach Street.