Blue Heron River Tours

Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina
2317 River Ridge Road
DeLand, FL 32720
Phone: 386-873-4843

The Vessel and Crew

Captain Gary S. Randlett

US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain
Certified Florida Naturalist

A retired New Hampshire school teacher with an extensive theater background, Gary has worked for the past nine years as a tour boat captain on the St. Johns River. As the owner of Blue Heron River Tours, Gary is excited to share his passion for the wildlife, history and incredible beauty of the St. Johns River and the Hontoon Dead River.

Captain Robert Wheeler

US Coast Guard 50 Ton Master Captain

Born and raised in Apopka, Florida, Bob studied music education at Stetson University, The University of Central Florida, and Florida State University. Bob has been a commercial boat captain since 1999. He currently resides in Edgewater, Florida, where he also owns and operates a small charter boat company.

Joshua Winland

US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain

Although living most of his life in West Virginia, Josh served with Americorps in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He began his boating career on Lake Erie before working as a mate/ narrator, and eventually captain in Ponce Inlet, FL and later in Astor, FL. Josh is excited to join Blue Heron River Tours, and looks forward to creating memories with his passengers.

MV "Great Blue"

Blue Heron River Tour's brand new 45 foot, 49 passenger vessel was custom built to provide a perfect platform for nature viewing and photography. From the main channel of the St. Johns River, through "June's Canal," and down the Hontoon Dead River, "Great Blue" gets you close to all the natural action.