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A fishing license is now required when fishing in tidal waters. More information about the new fishing license requirement is available.
Some of the best fishing in the Mid-Atlantic States takes place on Delaware State Park beaches. However, lugging all your gear across a dune crossing can be troublesome. Consequently, Delaware State Parks have made it easy for surf fishermen to bring their vehicle with them. The Surf Fishing Vehicle Permit allows vehicles onto designated beaches for the sole purpose of fishing.
The dunes found in all coastal parks represent an important yet fragile natural resource which functions as a protective barrier during severe coastal storms. While the dunes often surive the destructive power of storms, they do not withstand the harmful impact of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The dunes are protected by law and access is strictly limited to designated crossings. Access on the beach is strictly limited to the seaward toe of the dune down to the water.
Download maps of dune crossings and designated fishing areas (PDF format).
Surf fishing vehicle permits are issued for the calendar year. These permits allow four-wheeled vehicle access to designated areas for the purpose of surf fishing.