Camping With Your Pet

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Delaware State Parks is pleased to welcome you and your pet to enjoy the great outdoors together. While in the park, a dog or cat pose a real danger to wildlife and may disturb other visitors. In order to help keep our parks open to pets, responsible pet ownership is the key.

  • All pets must adhere to the appropriate licensing and vaccination requirements.

  • While in the park, your pet must be leashed (not to exceed 6 feet) and under your control except while:
    • In designated off-leash areas. Off-leash areas are available in Lums Pond State Park, and Rockford and Brandywine Parks only.
    • Actively training for hunting in designated dog-training areas.
    • Hunting with the appropriate permit.
  • Honor all park signs that prohibit the entry of pets in specific areas.

  • Guide dogs are permitted in all pedestrian areas.

  • You must clean up after your pet. Please use the "doggie dooleys" (waste composting receptacles) where available.

  • Never leave pets unattended, even in your vehicle or camper. This is especially true in the summer when the inside temperature of vehicles can become life threatening. Park Rangers are authorized to break into vehicles in order to rescue an animal in distress.

  • Horses are only permitted on trails and beaches designated for riding.

  • Special regulations apply to unusual or exotic pets. Please call (302) 739-9220 for information.

These areas are closed to pets year round:

  • Picnic areas
  • Nature trails
  • Bird nesting areas
  • Park buildings
  • Brandywine Zoo

Additional Pet Information:

Please call (302) 739-9220 for more information about bringing your pet to a state park.