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.

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


Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Friday, September 02, 2016 from 10 a.m.

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. Tours are priced at $25 for solo-kayak and $35 for tandems.


Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, September 03, 2016 from 10 a.m.

Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required. No flip-flops. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Children must be 8 or older, and all paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 645-6852. Tours are priced at $25 for solo-kayak and $35 for tandems.


Paddling Thompson Island at Delaware Seashore State Park

Friday, September 09, 2016 from 9 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. Ages 15 and up. Call (302) 227-6991 to register. $40 per person.


Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 6 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


Full Moon Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 7 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


Fall Foliage Canoe Trip at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.

Register by September 16. Welcome 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 9:30a.m. Parking fees may apply. Return transportation provided. Advance payment are required; space is limited so reserve a spot today. ($20 per person, a third person in a canoe is $12; 700lb capacity).