Hontoon Landing  

Legend suggests that sailors of old, on long, lonely sea voyages, thought Manatee were mermaids.

Manatee are an endangered species. The Florida Manatee population is known as "Trichechus Manatus Latirostris." Similar animals, call dugongs, are found in Indo-Pacific waters; other manatee species are found in the Amazon River and off West Africa.

Manatee grow up to 12 feet in length and can weigh almost two tons, making them the largest resident, inshore animal in the United States! These gentle giants are the only vegetarian marine mammals in this part of the world. They have no natural enemies!


The Manatee has been an integral part of Florida's ecology for millions of years and has a right to survive. Hontoon supports conservation efforts to save the Manatee locally and aimed at the survival of Manatee populations world wide.

Every year (Nov. - Feb.) as the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, the waters of the St. Johns River cool down. The gentle giants start to congregate in the clear, warmer waters of Blue Spring State Park.

Sightings from the dock and Riverside Resort here at Hontoon Landing are numerous, but the best place to view them is from one of our Pontoon Boats. The sight of these animals in their natural habitat is a memorable experience. Hontoon Landing Resort offers you the opportunity to explore for Manatee and take your personal eco-tour of the St. Johns River.


Rent our 10 passenger 24' Pontoon Boat with bimini top, table and 40 hp four stroke motor and go exploring for Manatee.

  • Visit Blue Spring State Park, winter home of the Manatee. The park, which is about a 45 minute pontoon trip from the Resort, is the perfect spot to view the Manatees that congregate heavily in the Spring Run.
  • Continue your eco-tour through an old logging canal into Hontoon Dead River and back to the Resort.
  • On your way, you will observe other wildlife, such as Alligator, Eagle, Anhinga, Blue Heron, Egret and Osprey in their natural habitat.


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DeLand FL 32720
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