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.

Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Friday, July 29, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Guided Canoe Trip at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the Brandywine River Museum. Registration must be received no later than the day before the trip! Each of these trips is supervised by an American Red Cross canoe-certified trip leader. A naturalist will join you to help with canoe instruction and nature. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. You and a partner will need to carry your canoe a short distance to the river. Equipment will be provided; bring plenty of water and a snack and be prepared to get wet! Space is very limited and advance registration and payment are required. Call the Nature Center at (302) 655-5740 to register. The fee is $20 per person, a third person in a canoe is $10 (700lb maximum capacity).


Sit Back, Relax, and Kayak at Delaware Seashore State Park

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 from 2 p.m.

This 1-mile paddling trip is perfect for those that are a bit nervous to try the full 2.5-mile kayak tour. Participants will receive thorough paddling instruction and enjoy a leisurely pace, perfect for wildlife-viewing and novice paddlers. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $25 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Thursday, August 04, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Friday, August 05, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 06, 2016 from 7:30 p.m.

Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water! $20 per person. Pre-Registration Required; Call 302-368-6989


Birding by Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 06, 2016 from 8 a.m.

Take to the water to see the amazing diversity of birds at Lums Pond! Participants must have basic Kayaking skills. Bring your Binoculars! $20 per person. Pre-registration required 302-368-6989.


Canoe With Butterflies! at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, August 06, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the Brandywine River Museum. Registration must be received no later than the day before the trip! Each of these trips is supervised by an American Red Cross canoe-certified trip leader. A naturalist will join you to help with canoe instruction and nature. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. You and a partner will need to carry your canoe a short distance to the river. Equipment will be provided; bring plenty of water and a snack and be prepared to get wet! Space is very limited and advance registration and payment are required. Call the Nature Center at (302) 655-5740 to register. The fee is $20 per person, a third person in a canoe is $10 (700lb maximum capacity).


Sit Back, Relax, and Kayak at Delaware Seashore State Park

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 from 2 p.m.

This 1-mile paddling trip is perfect for those that are a bit nervous to try the full 2.5-mile kayak tour. Participants will receive thorough paddling instruction and enjoy a leisurely pace, perfect for wildlife-viewing and novice paddlers. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $25 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Friday, August 12, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Kayak Lessons at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 11 a.m.

Beginner paddlers that need instruction on navigating the pond on a kayak we have just the program for you. Learn Safety techniques to increase your experience out on the pond. $10 per person. Preregistration required; Call 302-368-6989


Morning Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 9 a.m.

Enjoy the fresh morning air as we explore the pond in the early hours. Watch for wildlife and the beauty of summer on the pond! $20 per person. Pre-Registration Required; Call 302-368-6989


Sit Back, Relax, and Kayak at Delaware Seashore State Park

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 2 p.m.

This 1-mile paddling trip is perfect for those that are a bit nervous to try the full 2.5-mile kayak tour. Participants will receive thorough paddling instruction and enjoy a leisurely pace, perfect for wildlife-viewing and novice paddlers. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $25 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Kayak Eco-Tour: Exploring "Station Cove" at Delaware Seashore State Park

Friday, August 19, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5 mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Ages 13+; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302)-227-6991 to register. $35 per person


Full Moon Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of kayaking when all goes dark. Bring water and a flashlight. Must be 14 years or older.$20 per person. Pre-Registration Required; Call 302-368-6989


Kayaking Thompson Island Nature Preserve at Delaware Seashore State Park

Friday, August 26, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

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. Ages 16+. Pre-registration and previous paddling experience required. Please call (302)227-6991 to register. $40 per person


Kayak Lessons at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 11 a.m.

Beginner paddlers that need instruction on navigating the pond on a kayak we have just the program for you. Learn Safety techniques to increase your experience out on the pond. $10 per person. Preregistration required; Call 302-368-6989


Morning Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9 a.m.

Enjoy the fresh morning air as we explore the pond in the early hours. Watch for wildlife and the beauty of summer on the pond! $20 per person. Pre-Registration Required; Call 302-368-6989


Guided Canoe Tour; Celebrate the End of Summer! at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the Brandywine River Museum. Registration must be received no later than the day before the trip! Each of these trips is supervised by an American Red Cross canoe-certified trip leader. A naturalist will join you to help with canoe instruction and nature. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. You and a partner will need to carry your canoe a short distance to the river. Equipment will be provided; bring plenty of water and a snack and be prepared to get wet! Space is very limited and advance registration and payment are required. Call the Nature Center at (302) 655-5740 to register. The fee is $20 per person, a third person in a canoe is $10 (700lb maximum capacity).


Kayaking Thompson Island Nature Preserve at Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

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. Ages 16+. Pre-registration and previous paddling experience required. Please call (302)227-6991 to register. $40 per person