Picture of White Clay Creek

WHITE CLAY CREEK STATE PARK


Special Notice 8/13/18

Due to major flooding at White Clay Creek State Park, the Chambers Rock Road parking lot and Creek Road north of Hopkins Road are closed until further notice. There is currently no access to the park’s nature center. Multiple trees have come down across trails, and some trails have experienced erosion. Park users should use caution when visiting the park over the next few week and are asked to contact the park office at (302) 368-6900 to report any issues they encounter in the park. Park visitors are asked to refrain from accessing the water for fishing, swimming, canoeing, or any other recreational activities until floodwaters subside.

About the Park

The land that is today known as White Clay Creek State Park includes parts of the boundary line made famous by Mason and Dixon, who began their historic survey at “a post mark’d west,” a location that lies within the park.

As overdevelopment in the northern part of the state became a matter of increasing concern in the late 1960s, the state began to purchase lands adjoining a small recreational park, which in 1975 became known as Walter S. Carpenter State Park. State land acquisitions and donations from the Du Pont family and others eventually enlarged the park to over 3,600 acres. It was renamed White Clay Creek State Park in 1995. The White Clay Creek was named a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service in 2000, which added an additional layer of protection to the area.

Master Plan in Progress

The Division of Parks and Recreation is beginning the process of creating a master plan for White Clay Creek State Park. The purpose of this master plan is to provide a vision and a framework for the stewardship and use of the park.

Freshwater Fishing

Millstone and Cattail Ponds offer year-round fishing for bluegill and crappie, and a catch-and-release program for largemouth bass. The White Clay Creek offers anglers the opportunity to fish for stocked rainbow and brown trout. Trout fishing opens the first Saturday in April. A fishing license is required at all times when fishing. A trout stamp is required April through June 30th and again October through November. The creek closes to all fishing two weeks prior to the opening day of trout season. Get information on fishing permits.. WARNING: The State online automated fishing license system is NOT compatible with mobile devices or iPads and may encounter printing issues with touch screen computers and Apple products.

Hiking and Biking

trail at white clay creek with a wooden fence next to it

Over 37 miles of trails lead explorers to historic sites and scenic vistas overlooking lush valleys and impressive rock outcrops. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy the large number of easy-to-moderate trails throughout the park. Of special interest are those at Possum Hill and the Judge Morris Estate, along with the Pomeroy Rail-Trail, which runs alongside White Clay Creek.

The Judge Morris Estate

Built in 1790, the former home of Delaware native Judge Hugh M. Morris is perfect for weddings, private parties, and business gatherings. Private tours of the Judge Morris Estate are available for groups up to 15 people. Multiple tours can be arranged for larger groups. Hold your event at the Judge Morris Estate

Special Notice

Due to bridge erosion, the skills course at White Clay is closed, effectively immediately.

Upcoming Events

Master Plan Open House #4

Monday, August 20, 2018

4 p.m.

This open house will review and ask for input on topics such as activities, the golf course, visiting historic sites, events, fishing, and other recreational use of the park. Tentatively scheduled from 4 - 7 p.m. at Deerfield, 507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, DE 19711. NOTE: *Unforeseen circumstances could change the date, time, or location. Please check the statewide meetings calendar and this website before you attend a session.

Add to Calendar 08/20/2018 04:00 PM 08/20/2018 07:00 PM America/New_York Master Plan Open House #4 This open house will review and ask for input on topics such as activities, the golf course, visiting historic sites, events, fishing, and other recreational use of the park. Tentatively scheduled from 4 - 7 p.m. at Deerfield, 507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, DE 19711. NOTE: *Unforeseen circumstances could change the date, time, or location. Please check the statewide meetings calendar and this website before you attend a session. White Clay Creek State Park

Yoga in the Park

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

6:30 p.m.

White Clay Creek StatePark invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature and benefits of movement throughoutdoor yoga. Join Julie Macedo of 'Well by Nature' for a one-hourall-levels vinyasa yoga class For your comfort, please come prepared with ayoga mat or beach towel and water bottle. Walk-ins welcome Call 302-368-6900 to register. $6 per person, $60 for the series (get one session free!)

Add to Calendar 08/21/2018 06:30 PM 08/21/2018 07:30 PM America/New_York Yoga in the Park White Clay Creek StatePark invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature and benefits of movement throughoutdoor yoga. Join Julie Macedo of 'Well by Nature' for a one-hourall-levels vinyasa yoga class For your comfort, please come prepared with ayoga mat or beach towel and water bottle. Walk-ins welcome Call 302-368-6900 to register. $6 per person, $60 for the series (get one session free!) White Clay Creek State Park

kRUSH

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

6 p.m.

RUSH Tribute Band

Add to Calendar 08/22/2018 06:00 PM 08/22/2018 08:00 PM America/New_York kRUSH RUSH Tribute Band White Clay Creek State Park

Full Moon Friday Hike

Friday, August 24, 2018

08 p.m.

Meet at Chambers House Nature Center

Add to Calendar 08/24/2018 08:00 PM 08/24/2018 09:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Friday Hike Meet at Chambers House Nature Center White Clay Creek State Park

Science in the Park- Mildams & Water Quality

Sunday, August 26, 2018

2 p.m.

Milldams, Legacy Sediments and Water Quality Shreeram Inamdar, PhD, Professor of Watershed Hydrologyand Biogeochemistry Director, Water Science Policy Graduate Program,University of Delaware T housands of milldams existed on mid-Atlantic streams and creeks in the 17th through early 20th century. While most of the milldams are now gone, the legacy sediments thataccumulated behind these dams persist in stream banks and pose a threat towater quality. Our research investigates - how the stream-bank legacysediment erosion is happening, whether legacy sediments contain nutrients likenitrogen and phosphorus, and how these nutrients influence affect water qualityof our aquatic ecosystems. Please join us to learn about legacy sediments andwater quality, our monitoring program and studies, and the broader implicationsfor our creeks and bay.

Add to Calendar 08/26/2018 02:00 PM 08/26/2018 03:30 PM America/New_York Science in the Park- Mildams & Water Quality Milldams, Legacy Sediments and Water Quality Shreeram Inamdar, PhD, Professor of Watershed Hydrologyand Biogeochemistry Director, Water Science Policy Graduate Program,University of Delaware T housands of milldams existed on mid-Atlantic streams and creeks in the 17th through early 20th century. While most of the milldams are now gone, the legacy sediments thataccumulated behind these dams persist in stream banks and pose a threat towater quality. Our research investigates - how the stream-bank legacysediment erosion is happening, whether legacy sediments contain nutrients likenitrogen and phosphorus, and how these nutrients influence affect water qualityof our aquatic ecosystems. Please join us to learn about legacy sediments andwater quality, our monitoring program and studies, and the broader implicationsfor our creeks and bay. White Clay Creek State Park

Revolution Heroes

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Blues

Add to Calendar 06/27/2018 06:30 PM 06/27/2018 08:00 PM America/New_York Revolution Heroes Blues White Clay Creek State Park

Special Labor Day Concert@3 p.m.: Leather & Lace

Monday, September 3, 2018

6 p.m.

Stevie Nicks Tribute

Add to Calendar 09/03/2018 06:00 PM 09/03/2018 08:00 PM America/New_York Special Labor Day Concert@3 p.m.: Leather & Lace Stevie Nicks Tribute White Clay Creek State Park

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