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.

Paddling Thompson Island at Delaware Seashore State Park - Tower Road Bayside

Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 9 a.m.

Explore the shorelines of Thompson Island Nature Preserve while paddling a sit-on-top kayak. A park naturalist will guide participants around the preserve while identifying wildlife and discussing the Native American connections to the land. Previous paddling experience required. Pre-registration required, please call (302) 227-6991. Ages 15 and up. $40 per person.

Fall Foliage Canoe Trip at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9:30 a.m.

Welcome the beginning of fall with a guided canoe trip down the Brandywine River! Start with canoe instruction and nature identification. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Be prepared to carry your canoe to the river. Equipment provided; bring water and a snack, and dress to get wet. Some experience is recommended. Meet at the Brandywine River Museum at 9:30 a.m. Parking fees may apply. Return transportation provided. Advance registration and payment are required; space is limited so reserve a spot today! Register before September 16. $20 per person; a third person in a canoe is $10 (700-lb. capacity)

Moonlight Canoe Tour at Trap Pond State Park

Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 6 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. Please register at least 48 hours in advance. $20 per person

Full Moon Couples Kayak at Killens Pond State Park

Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 7 PM

Enjoy a beautiful view from the pond with other active couples in your area. Whether it is your first date or your scheduled date night, you won’t want to miss this romantic evening on the water in tandem kayaks. 18 and over. Please bring a headlamp. $15 per couple