Blue Heron River Tours

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

The Vessel and Crew

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.

Captain Jessica Baughan

US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain

Born in Daytona Beach, Jessi was raised in Port Orange. She started her boating career in 2007 first aboard the Pasttime Princess in New Smyrna Beach as a second mate and went on to the Manatee Tour Boat in Ponce Inlet where she obtained her captain's license in 2009, and is currently still a captain. She enjoys showing our customers all the exciting wildlife on the water.

Tiffany Smith

Office manager, Deckhand

Born, raised and currently residing in DeLand, Florida, Tiffany has been on the river countless times and is continuously enamored by the sightings we encounter. She is delighted to be a part of Blue Heron River Tours and is looking forward to sharing the remarkable experiences with all of our customers.

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.