Paddling in Delaware State Parks

Choose Delaware State Parks for your next paddling adventure. Whatever your skill level, there is a state park that will serve your needs, from a serene trip around one of our beautiful millponds to a more strenuous paddle in the open waters of the Delaware Bay!

Paddling in Delaware State Parks

Park Location Miles Ease
Brandywine Creek Brandywine Creek 6-7 Easy to Moderate No
Cape Henlopen Delaware Bay 1-3 Easy to Moderate No
Delaware Seashore Coastal Bays Varies Easy to Moderate No
Killens Pond Killens Pond 2-4 Easy No
Lums Pond Lums Pond 1-7 Easy No
Trap Pond Trap Pond Variable    
*James Branch Water Trail 5
(one way)
Internediate to Advanced No
Racoon Pond Water Trail 2
(round trip)
Moderate No
Terrapin Branch Water Trail 2.8
(round trip)
Moderate No

*Special Notice: The James Branch Nature Preserve, from the Trap Pond Spillway downstream to the bridge at Hitch Pond Road, is closed until further notice.
Visitors wanting to paddle the James Branch Water Trail may put in at the Records Pond Boat Ramp and paddle upstream approximately 5 miles to Hitch Pond road. See map.

Boat Rentals

No boat? No problem! All types of paddling adventures await you, with boat rentals available by the hour or by the day, or through guided tours and excusions! Follow the links for information about fees and available options.

Brandywine Creek Rentals and excursions provided by Wilderness Canoe Trips
Cape Henlopen Canoe/Kayak rentals and excursions provided by Delaware State Parks
Delaware Seashore No rentals, but guided paddling tours and excursions are offered, led by Delaware State Parks staff
Fenwick Island Rentals and excursions provided by Coastal Kayak
Killens Pond Canoe/Kayak/Rowboat/Pedal Boat rentals provided by Delaware State Parks
Lums Pond Canoe/Kayak/Rowboat/Pedal Boat/Sailboat rentals provided by Delaware State Parks
Trap Pond Canoe/Kayak/Rowboat/Pedal Boat rentals provided by Delaware State Parks

 


Guided Paddling Trips

Are you nervous about paddling for the first time? Don't have a kayak or canoe? Perhaps you just want to paddle with a group. Join our state park staff on a guided canoe or kayak trip! Kayak excursions are offered at Trap Pond, Killens Pond, Delaware Seashore, Cape Henlopen and Brandywine Creek. Check out these upcoming paddling adventures! Please call the park to confirm scheduling and make reservations.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Sunday, August 02, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Sunset Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 from 6:30 PM

Paddle Delaware Bay while looking for evening wildlife and enjoying a paddle at dusk. Similar conditions as our Breakwater Kayak Tour (see above). All paddlers must be at least 13 or older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Thursday, August 06, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Friday, August 07, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, August 08, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Guided Canoe Trip: Canoe with Butterflies! at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, August 08, 2015 from 9:30 AM

Meet at the Brandywine River Museum Each of these trips is supervised by an American Red Cross canoe-certified trip leader to guide you, your friends and family down the tranquil Brandywine. A naturalist will help with canoe instruction and nature identification. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please be aware you and a partner will need to carry your canoe a short distance to the river. Equipment will be provided, be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack; be prepared to get wet! Space is very limited; advance registration and payment are required and must be received no later than two days before the program. Call the Nature Center at (302) 655-5740 to register. $20 per person, a third person in a canoe is $10 (700 lb. maximum capacity)


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Sunday, August 09, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Swamp Kayak Tour at Trap Pond State Park

Sunday, August 09, 2015 from 11:30 AM

Take and easy two-hour, guided kayak trip of Trap Pond. Instruction will be provided. $15 per person.


Sunset Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6:30 PM

Paddle Delaware Bay while looking for evening wildlife and enjoying a paddle at dusk. Similar conditions as our Breakwater Kayak Tour (see above). All paddlers must be at least 13 or older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Friday, August 14, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 7 PM

Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. Suitable for beginner paddlers instruction is provided. Rain date is the following day. Meets at the boathouse in Area 2. $20 per person


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Sunset Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:30 PM

Paddle Delaware Bay while looking for evening wildlife and enjoying a paddle at dusk. Similar conditions as our Breakwater Kayak Tour (see above). All paddlers must be at least 13 or older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Friday, August 21, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Guided Canoe Trip: Celebrate the End of Summer at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 9:30 AM

Meet at the Brandywine River Museum Each of these trips is supervised by an American Red Cross canoe-certified trip leader to guide you, your friends and family down the tranquil Brandywine. A naturalist will help with canoe instruction and nature identification. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please be aware you and a partner will need to carry your canoe a short distance to the river. Equipment will be provided, be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack; be prepared to get wet! Space is very limited; advance registration and payment are required and must be received no later than two days before the program. Call the Nature Center at (302) 655-5740 to register. $20 per person, a third person in a canoe is $10 (700 lb. maximum capacity)


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 10 AM

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Moonlight Canoe Tours at Trap Pond State Park

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 7:30 PM

Paddling Trap Pond is a whole new experience after dark. Explore cypress stands by canoe and experience the sights and sounds of the dark swamp. $20 per person


Moonlight Canoe Tours at Trap Pond State Park

Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 7:30 PM

Paddling Trap Pond is a whole new experience after dark. Explore cypress stands by canoe and experience the sights and sounds of the dark swamp. $20 per person


Full Moon Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 7 PM

Enjoy an evening of kayaking under the moonlight. Bring water and a flashlight. Participants must have basic kayak skill and must be 14 or older. Rain date is the following evening. Meets at the boathouse in Area 2. $20 per person