Fishing

Surf Fishing Vehicle Permit Rates

Permit Rates

The purchase of a surf fishing permit enables the permit holder to drive onto the beach for a great day of fishing. You will receive a license plate and a decal. The decal also enables the vehicle to gain entrance into the other state parks charging a daily entrance fee. Permits are in effect from January 1 through December 31. Participants should acquaint themselves with the special regulations for this sport.

Surf Fishing Vehicle Permit Rates

Resident Non-Resident
Registered Vehicle $65 per year $130 per year
Seniors age 62 and over $55 per year $110 per year
Replacement Permit
(restrictions apply)
$10 $10

Purchasing a Permit

You may purchase a surf fishing permit online, at any park office (with the exception of Fort Delaware and Wilmington State Parks), at the Parks central office in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control at 89 Kings Highway in Dover, or at the following retail establishments:

New Castle County

  • Eastern Marine
    931 S. Chapel Street
    Newark, DE 19713
    (302) 737-6603

Kent County

  • Carlisle's Marine, Inc.
    49 Artisan Drive
    Smyrna, DE 19977
    (302) 389-0100
  • DAFB/ Outdoor Rec.
    262 Chad St. Room 208
    Dover AFB, DE 19902-7262
    (302) 677-5553
    (302) 677-3959

Sussex County

  • Sam's Fishing & Tackle
    14260 Teatown Road
    Greenwood, DE 19950
    (302) 424-0197
  • That Place
    30618 Millsboro Highway
    Millsboro, DE 19966

Because beach driving can cause serious damage to vegetation and wildlife and contributes to shore erosion, Delaware State Parks limits vehicles on the beach to designated surf fishing areas only for the sole purpose of actively engaging in fishing. To use these areas, you must have a valid surf fishing vehicle permit and be actively engaged in surf fishing at all times while on the beach. To keep our beaches clean and safe for wildlife and park visitors, other recreational beach driving is not allowed.