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.

Full Moon Kayak Trip at Killens Pond State Park

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 8 PM

Full Moon Kayak Trip.Wednesday, May 14.8p.m.$10/paddler.Join us as we paddle by the light of the Full Moon tonight! We will meet at the Nature Center and then head to the boats. All experience levels welcome. Please bring a headlamp or borrow one of ours. Paddle lasts about 1.5hours. Call (302) 284-4299 to sign up. Please note entry fee is in effect.


Dinner & a Paddle at Killens Pond State Park

Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 5:30 PM

Dinner and a Paddle.Sunday, May 25.5:30p.m.$10/paddler.Bring a picnic dinner for the family to enjoy on the deck of the Nature Center. Then paddle the pond with a Naturalist keeping an eye open for turtles and beavers. Please call (302) 284-4299 to reserve your boat. All paddle experience levels welcome. Please note entry fee is in effect.


Sunset Kayak and Campfire at Lums Pond State Park

Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 7 PM

Stick around after an evening paddle to roast marshmallows around a fire. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boathouse (Area 2). $20 per non-camper; $15 per camper. Pre-registration required.