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Appoquinimink River


Mode: Kayak or Canoe
Distance: 3 – 6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Accessible: Yes
Launch: Delaware Fish & Wildlife boat ramp / Route 299 bridge – Odessa

Paddlers can experience an undisturbed marsh system along the Appoquinimink River. The marshes provide important habitat for aquatic species, waterfowl, and other wildlife while providing services such as water filtration and flood mitigation. From the launch in Odessa travel upstream to the spillway at Noxontown Pond or downstream to the Delaware Bay.
Paddler Note: Check tides and weather.

Blackbird Creek

  • Mode: Kayak or Canoe
  • Distance: 7 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Launch:
    • DNERR Blackbird Tract / Blackbird Landing Road (Road 455)
    • Staves Landing / Staves Landing Road (Road 450)

Beginning in south central New Castle County, the Blackbird Creek winds through tidal wetlands, State Forests and State Wildlife Areas before meeting the Delaware River. From the DNERR Blackbird Tract, paddlers can head upstream through a wooded riparian corridor and shaded creek waters. Downstream, paddlers can enjoy open marsh, wooded uplands, and farm fields. Staves Landing is a launch and landing site located near the mouth of the creek that can provide access to the Delaware River.
Paddler Note: Check weather and tides

Broadkill River

  • Mode: Kayak or Canoe
  • Distance: 10-12 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Launches:
    • Chandler St. boat ramp (Milton)
    • Oyster Rocks (Oyster Rocks Road)
    • Lewes Boat Ramp (Pilottown Road)

The upper Broadkill offers paddlers wooded corridors with wildlife viewing and birding opportunities. The lower section of the river is bordered by open salt marshes. 
Paddler Note: Be aware of tidal currents east of the Route One Bridge.

St Jones River

  • Mode: Kayak or Canoe
  • Distance: 4 - 12 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accessible: Yes (Lebanon Landing)
  • Launch:
    • Lebanon Landing/Sorghum Mill Road
    • Ted Harvey Wildlife Area/Barkers Landing Road
    • Bowers Beach/Beach Public Access or Boat Ramp

Paddlers can enjoy the serpentine St Jones River from downtown Dover to Bowers Beach on the Delaware Bay. The St. Jones River passes through the Little Creek and Ted Harvey Wildlife Areas. The river has three main access points which allow for trips of varying lengths.

Mispillion River

  • Mode: Kayak or Canoe
  • Distance: 5-11 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Launch:
    • N.E. Front St. Recreation Area (Milford)
    • Milford Neck Wildlife Area (Greenhouse Road)
    • Cedar Creek Boat Ramp (Lighthouse Road / Slaughter Beach)

Travel the Mispillion River from downtown Milford to Slaughter Beach.
Paddlers can enjoy easy access off N.E. Front St. and tour the Milford Riverfront Area or go on a day trip to Slaughter Beach. Enjoy open marshes and wooded river banks as you travel downstream.
Paddler Note: Check weather and tides

Nanticoke River Water Trail

The Nanticoke River Water Trail, a Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network water trail, is an entry point to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.  Stretching approximately 26 miles through Sussex County, Delaware, the Nanticoke River Water Trail begins above the City of Seaford, following the river’s mainstem to the Maryland State line and including Deep Creek and Broad Creek.  Paddlers will experience one of the healthiest rivers on the Delmarva Peninsula.  Regional qualities range from upland forests to freshwater marshes, to rich scenic, historic, and recreational splendor.

Map & Guide:  An interpretative set of maps and guides for the Nanticoke River Water Trail is available at Shop Delaware.Each map represents approximately 4- to 5-mile river segments and provides paddlers with details necessary to plan safe recreational outings.  The interpretative guide highlights the region’s natural resources, history and cultural heritage.  

Location

  • Launches:  Seaford kayak launch; Seaford boat ramp; Blades Marina; Phillips Landing boat ramp; Laurel River Park boat ramp.

Distance:  26 miles
Watch For:  Strong tidal currents and weather conditions; barge traffic below Seaford; recreational water craft on holidays and weekends.
Information:  Call the Division of Parks & Recreation at 739-9220 for information and visit www.paddlethenanticoke.com.

Prime Hook Creek


  • Mode: Kayak or Canoe
  • Distance: 7 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Launch:
    • Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (Turkle Pond Road)
    • Waples Pond/Routes 1 & 5 (behind Coastal Liquors)

Prime Hook Creek winds through the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and can offer many wildlife viewing and birding opportunities. Paddlers will travel along narrow wooded corridors and open marshes.
Paddler Note: Sections of the creek are seasonally closed for wildlife management. Call the Refuge Headquarters for information.