Tomoka State Park is one of those special places near Daytona Beach that appeals to your sense of adventure. Activities like fishing, camping, hiking and canoeing are just a few options for fun to get you started. Wildlife viewing is popular with herons and other aquatic birds all along the Tomoka River. One unique thing you’ll want to see is the Legend of Tomokie statue which was sculpted by a local artist in 1955.
Tomoka State Park offers shaded campsites with pretty good privacy. There’s a fire pit, picnic table, electric and water hookups. The fire pit has a small grill for cooking, but you’ll need to bring your own firewood or purchase it at the Tomoka Outpost which also sells snacks and supplies. Many of the spots can accept RVs up to 34′, clean showers and restrooms are available. Group camping and a pavilion are also available.
Don’t forget your fishing rod, spotted sea trout are a favorite target for most fishermen. Soft artificial lures and jerk baits are popular as is live shrimp with a popping cork. You can fish from your own boat, a rental canoe or from one of docks. The Tomoka Outpost has bait and fishing tackle.
During the cooler months fishing can be pretty good with catches of black drum, croakers, silver trout and other bottom fish, try clams and shrimp on light bottom rigs.
Tarpon fishing is popular here and the fish usually run from 10-40 lbs. They can be spotted rolling as they move up and down the Tomoka River. The best tactic is to drift the river and sight cast with live finger mullet to rolling tarpon, use a 7′ spinning rod with 8-15 lb test and hold on. If you’ve never “jumped a tarpon” this may be the best spot in the area to do so.
Canoe & Kayak Rental
The best way to explore this state park is in a canoe or kayak. The Tomoka River is sheltered from east winds making for an ideal paddling adventure. Rentals are available at the Tomoka Outpost, there’s also a boat ramp to launch your own.
Originally Published on November 7th, 2012