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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
|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
|Internediate to Advanced||No|
|Racoon Pond Water Trail||2
|Terrapin Branch Water Trail||2.8
The James Branch Nature Preserve, from the Trap Pond Spillway downstream to the bridge at Hitch Pond Road, is closed until further notice.
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|
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.
Moonlight Canoe Tours at Trap Pond State Park
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 7:30 PM
Paddling Trap Pond is a whole new experience after dark. Explore cypress stands by canoe and experience the sights and sounds of the dark swamp. $20 per person
Kayaking Thompson Island Nature Preserve at Delaware Seashore State Park - Thompson Island Nature Preserve
Friday, August 28, 2015 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. Pre-registration and previous paddling experience required. Please call (302) 227-6991 to register for the program. Ages 13 and up. $40 per person
Full Moon Kayak at Lums Pond State Park
Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 7 PM
Enjoy an evening of kayaking under the moonlight. Bring water and a flashlight. Participants must have basic kayak skill and must be 14 or older. Rain date is the following evening. Meets at the boathouse in Area 2. $20 per person
Paddling Thompson Island at Delaware Seashore State Park - Tower Road Bayside
Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 9:00 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. Previous paddling experience required. Pre-registration required, please call (302) 227-6991. Ages 15 and up. $40 per person.
Fall Foliage Canoe Trip at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9:30 a.m.
Welcome the beginning of fall with a guided canoe trip down the Brandywine River! Start with canoe instruction and nature identification. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Be prepared to carry your canoe to the river. Equipment provided; bring water and a snack, and dress to get wet. Some experience is recommended. Meet at the Brandywine River Museum at 9:30 a.m. Parking fees may apply. Return transportation provided. Advance registration and payment are required; space is limited so reserve a spot today! Register before September 16. $20 per person; a third person in a canoe is $10 (700-lb. capacity)
Moonlight Canoe Tour at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 6 PM
Paddling Trap Pond is a whole new experience after dark. Explore cypress stands by canoe and experience the sights and sounds of the dark swamp. Please register at least 48 hours in advance. $20 per person