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 - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier

Friday, August 22, 2014 from 10 AM

Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. 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. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.


Kayaking Thompson Island Nature Reserve at Delaware Seashore State Park - Tower Road Bayside

Friday, August 22, 2014 from 9:30 AM

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. Pre-registration required. Age: 13 and up Cost: $35 per person


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier

Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10 AM

Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. 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. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.


Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park - Area 2, Boat House

Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 6:30 PM

Paddle in to the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from night to day on the water. Suitable for beginning paddlers - instruction provided. Rain date is the following day, cost is $20 per person.


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier

Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 10 AM

Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. 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. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 10 AM

Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. 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. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier

Friday, August 29, 2014 from 10 AM

Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. 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. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.


Kayaking Thompson Island Nature Reserve at Delaware Seashore State Park - Tower Road Bayside

Friday, August 29, 2014 from 9:30 AM

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. Pre-registration required. Age: 13 and up Cost: $35 per person


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier

Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10 AM

Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. 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. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park - Kayak Shack at the Fishing Pier

Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 10 AM

Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. 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. Ages 8+ with paying adult. Solo paddlers must be at least 13; children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit 10. $25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.


Full Moon Kayak at Killens Pond State Park

Monday, September 08, 2014 from 7:30 PM

Join us for an evening kayak under a full moon. We will explore the pond and discover nocturnal wildlife by moonlight. Bring a headlamp! $10 per paddler Please call (302) 284-4299 for more information or to register.


Full Moon Kayak at Killens Pond State Park

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 from 6:30 PM

Join us for an evening kayak under a full moon. We will explore the pond and discover nocturnal wildlife by moonlight. Bring a headlamp! $10 per paddler Pre-register by calling (302) 284-4299. Be sure to check with the nature center, park office, campg


Eco Explorers Club: Fall Foliage Kayak at Killens Pond State Park

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 2 PM

Ages 6 to 12 All programs meet at the Nature Center and last an hour unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required; call (302) 284-4299. Take a 2 -hour kayak trip with our naturalist to see the beautiful fall colors and learn why leaves change colors. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $10 per person