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Surf-fishing vehicle and fisherman at Delaware Seashore state park

15,500 Surf-Fishing Permits Sold

Sales, transfers, and replacements of Delaware State Parks surf-fishing permits can now be made only at Bellevue, Cape Henlopen, and Killens Pond State Parks and at the Indian River Life-Saving Station. This change is made to properly manage inventory until the 17,000-permit cap is reached. To date, 15,500 permits have been sold.

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Tent camping on the water at Trap Pond State Park

Campgrounds Now Open

All state park campsites, cabins, cottages and yurts are open, and the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers has been lifted. All cabins and cottages are sanitized by a professional cleaning service between rentals. A liberal cancellation policy for campground rentals allows those with camping reservations to cancel by June 15 and receive a full refund. Amenities such as nature centers, playgrounds and museums remain closed.

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Covid-19 Updates

Park offices and picnic areas are open to the public, and pavilions are available for rental. Visitors 13 and older must bring a mask to enter a park; masks must be worn inside all park offices and in public areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. All park office sales, including for annual passes and surf-fishing permits, require a credit card; no cash sales. Purchase an annual pass to avoid anticipated delays for daily entrance payments.

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2020 Delaware State Parks annual pass

Get Ready for Summer 2020!

2020 annual passes and surf tag permits are now on sale online, at park offices, and at designated retail locations. Get free year-round entry to all state parks charging an entry fee -- substantial discounts available for seniors, Delaware residents, and active-duty military!

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Boys on the beach - Delaware State Parks

Beaches Now Open

Beaches are open for normal beach activities. Beach visitor capacity is reduced to enable social distancing of 6 feet between family groups. Sunbathing, swimming, picnicking, surfing, kayaking, walk-on surf fishing and other activities have resumed for Delawareans and for those from out-of-state who have quarantined 14 days. Park offices and most park restrooms are also open.

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Park interpreter giving  virtual tour for a #DailyParks video

New Virtual Content from #DailyParks

Dive into Delaware State Parks with educational content from the comfort of home every day! Daily posts include unique information about state parks, the Brandywine Zoo, animals, moments in history, scavenger hunts, and what goes on behind the scenes. Three days a week, we post new videos featuring park interpreters giving virtual tours and education programs. We even have coloring book pages you can download and print!

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