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.

Must be 18 with a valid ID to rent a boat.

Anyone 12 and under must be accompanied in their boat by someone 18 or older.

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.

Sunset Kayak Eco-Tour at Delaware Seashore State Park

Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6 p.m.

Due to popular demand, we will now be offering our signature kayak eco-tour during sunset hours! Experience the wonders of the marsh while you enjoy a Delaware Seashore State Park sunset. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes or will not be able to come. Previous paddling experience and pre-registration required. Ages 13 and up under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $40 per person. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register.


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes or will not be able to come. Remember to bring sunscreen and a water bottle. Pre-registration required. Ages 13 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $35 per person. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register.


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes or will not be able to come. Remember to bring sunscreen and a water bottle. Pre-registration required. Ages 13 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $35 per person. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register.


Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 7:30 p.m.

Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water! $20 per person. Pre-Registration Required; Call 302-368-6989


Naturalist-Guided Canoe Trips at Brandywine Creek State Park

Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 9 a.m.

Must register by the day before! An American Red Cross certified trip leader and our naturalist will guide you down the tranquil Brandywine. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. You and a partner will need to carry your canoe to the river. Equipment will be provided. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and be prepared to get wet! Space is very limited and advance registration and payment are required .Call the nature center at (302) 655-5740 to register. $20 per person; third person in a canoe is $10. (700lb. maximum capacity per canoe)


Canoe with Butterflies! at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 9 a.m.

Must register by the day before! An American Red Cross certified trip leader and our naturalist will guide you down the tranquil Brandywine. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. You and a partner will need to carry your canoe to the river. Equipment will be provided. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and be prepared to get wet! Space is very limited and advance registration and payment are required .Call the nature center at (302) 655-5740 to register.$20 per person; third person in a canoe is $10. (700lb. maximum capacity per canoe)


Kayak Lessons at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 9 a.m.

Beginner paddlers that need instruction on navigating the pond on a kayak we have just the program for you. Learn Safety techniques to increase your experience out on the pond. $10 per person. Preregistration required; Call 302-368-6989


Moonlight Canoe Tours at Trap Pond State Park

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 7:30 p.m.

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.