Ortona is a small vibrant rural community nestled along the Caloosahatchee River near the Ortona Lock. Commercial and private boats pass by daily using the Okeechobee Waterway trans-Florida route, which connects the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean.
On the south side of the river is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers RV Park, which is accessible from Ortona via a bike path and walkway across the lock. There is excellent fishing for tarpon, snook, and bass along the banks of the river.
The nearby Ortona Indian Mound Park is a state historical site that marks an important village of the extinct Caloosahatchee Indian tribes. Adjacent to the Ortona Indian Mound Park is the historic Ortona Cemetery, where the great Seminole Indian Chief Billy Bowlegs III is buried along with many of the pioneers of our county.
Ortona hosts the annual Ortona Cane Grinding Festival at the Ortona Indian Mound Park on the first Saturday of February each year. The festival commemorates the early settlers’ cultivation and processing of the delectable sugar cane syrup. The festival features bluegrass music, clogging, arts and crafts booths, and barbecue chicken and rib dinners. Proceeds from the festival benefit the local fire department.