In order to make our beaches accessible to all visitors, Delaware State Parks offers beach wheelchairs which are available from 8:00 a.m. until sunset, all year. Wheelchairs are available at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis; however, 24-hour notice will ensure that the chair is reserved for use.
Park office hours are:
April 1 through October 31, daily, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
November 1 through March 31, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lifeguards are available to assist at guarded beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Mobi-Mats are available at the Cape Henlopen Main Beach area. Mobi-Mats enable persons using a standard wheelchair to have access to the beach. During storms, extremely high tides may require that the mats be removed until the tides return to normal levels.
Persons requiring a beach wheelchair for more than one day may be interested in renting one from Grand Central Rental to ensure availability throughout their stay. Call (302)227-7328 regarding rental prices and policies.
Must be 18 with a valid ID to rent a boat.
Anyone 12 and under must be accompanied in their boat by someone 18 or older.
|Half-Hourly Rate||Hourly Rate||Daily Rate|
|Paddle Board*||N/A||$8 Trap Pond/$15 Lums Pond||N/A|
|Pontoon Boat**, Adults||N/A||$6/person, per ride||N/A|
|Pontoon Boat**, 12 and under||N/A||$3/person, Per ride||N/A|
*Available at Trap Pond and Lums Pond
**Only available at Trap Pond
IMPORTANT NOTE: Only Dogs are permitted in designated “Dog Friendly” cabins and cottages. Any reference in the Policy to a pet staying in a cottage or cabin specifically refers to dogs only.
Dogs in Waterfront Cottages and Killens Cabins: NEW
Waterfront Cottages 11 and 12 and Killens Pond Cabin #10 shall be designated as dog friendly. Occupants of dog-friendly cottages and Killens cabin who do not have a dog shall be advised upon making the reservation of the unit’s dog friendly designation.
The following pet restrictions shall apply to all areas of the park in accordance with Division of Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations:
Please call (302) 739-9220 for more information about bringing your pet to a state park.
Horses and riders are permitted on designated roadways, trails and beaches on lands administered by the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation.
Delaware Seashore State Park -- Towers Ocean
January 1- February 28
Park office hours are:
Trailers and tow vehicles must park in the Towers Ocean parking lot. The maintenance vehicle crossing located at the southern end of the parking lot is designated for equestrian access to the beach. Designated beach for equestrian use runs from the crossing, south to within 200 yards of the Indian River Inlet. A sign at the toe of the primary dune will designate this southern boundary. (4.6 miles)
Delaware Seashore State Park -- Keybox Road
Daily: March 1– April 30; Labor Day - December 31
Weekdays only: May 1 – Labor Day
Trailers and tow vehicles must park in the Keybox Road parking lot. The surf fishing vehicle crossing is designated for equestrian access to the beach. The designated beach for equestrian use runs from the crossing, south to within 200 yards of the Indian River Inlet. A sign at the toe of the primary dune will designate this southern boundary. (3.4 miles)
Cape Henlopen State Park
November 1 – April 30
Horseback riding is permitted on the beach only. Trailers and tow vehicles must park in either the Gordons Pond Parking lot or the Point Comfort Station Parking lot. At Gordons Pond, the surffishing vehicle crossing is designated for equestrian access to the beach. At the Point Comfort Station lot, a dune crossing is marked and designated for equestrian access to the beach. Designated beach for equestrian use runs from the oceanside of the Point of the Cape south to the Gordons Pond surffishing vehicle crossing. (4.6 miles)
Fenwick Island State Park
November 1 – April 30
Trailers and tow vehicles must park in the bathhouse parking located north of Fenwick Island. The maintenance vehicle crossing located at the southern parking area is designated for equestrian access to the beach. Designated beach for equestrian use runs from the crossing north to the park boundary near South Bethany Beach. (2.6 miles)
Learn about yourself. Learn about the environment. Learn how a job can be so much more! Learn how to qualify for a scholarship to Wilmington University
Serving on a team in the Delaware Conservation Corps will help you grow as a person, develop skills you never knew you had and help turn your summer job into a great outdoor adventure! The Delaware State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (DSPYCC) program provides high quality summer jobs and environmental opportunities for young people aged 16-21 (select teams 14-16) for members and 20-26 for leaders. Corps members conduct meaningful environmentally and park focused activities as a means of achieving personal growth. Through your service, you will gain skills, confidence, and see first-hand the benefit your hard work makes in providing a lasting benefit for public lands and communities. The DSPYCC is committed to engaging young people in important conservation and park projects while providing learning that fosters teamwork, self-esteem, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
Core components include:
These are environmentally focused, outdoor summer jobs, not a summer camp experience; Corps members should expect to work hard, get dirty, and make a difference.
YCC Corps Members Build:
As a core component of the program, all Corps members will participate in on-going and regular environmental education and awareness programs and training to learn together and experience outdoor opportunities.
New Castle County – Home Base Brandywine Creek State Park
Sussex County – Home Base Trap Pond or Killens Pond State Park
A field-based opportunity that allows participants to meet conservation needs while learning new skills and building on their existing skill sets. Park Resource Keepers (PRK) members receive exposure to a variety of resource management careers and practices, and will apply these practices in caring for our natural spaces. Applicants need to be ready to put others’ interests before their own, learn and support their peers’ learning, participate as a positive team member, work hard while serving long hours outdoors in all weather, and to lead by example. While this will be a challenging experience, the rewards are great! You will serve in some of Delaware’s most treasured areas, become proficient in conservation practices, learn and practice your leadership skills, and work in a high-performing team of peers. PRK projects are developed in partnership with the parks and are designed specifically to meet park needs.
PRK Squad members work as part of a team of 5 under the supervision of a Team Leader, conducting conservation and trail projects throughout state parks in the teams region. Transportation from base site to work area will be provided. Work shirts, protective equipment and tools will be provided. Participants will work alongside our professional staff of Conservation Technicians, Field Biologists and Environmental Stewardship team members.
Kent County – Home Base: Killens Pond State Park
Sussex County – Home Base: Trap Pond or Cape Henlopen State Park
An introductory field-team opportunity that allows participants to get a feel for various environmental projects and career opportunities. Green Jobs members receive introductory experience in environmental stewardship, and opportunities to work with various community partners to learn what it takes to be in an environmental career. Members will spend 50% of their time in project work, and the other 50% of their time in education and awareness. Applicants need to be ready to put others’ interests before their own, learn and support their peers’ learning, participate as a positive team member, work hard while serving some hours outdoors in all weather, and to lead by example.
Green Jobs members work as part of a team of 5 under the supervision of a Team Leader, working with and learning from professionals in the field within the State Parks and community partners within the team’s region. Transportation from base site to work area will be provided. Work shirts, protective equipment and tools will be provided.
VARIED – Positions available in parks in all three counties
Parks require a variety of skills to make them special places- not just outdoor green skills- but also business, customer service, and recreational skills. The Maintenance and Visitor Service (MAVS) unit is a park-based summer employment opportunity that allows participants to meet a variety of needs in parks while learning new skills. MAVS serve in a specific Park in specific assignments to help ensure safe, accessible recreation and education opportunities for park visitors. Corps members receive training for their assignment which may include business skills, park recreation activities, trail maintenance, environmental stewardship and conservation and will apply these practices in daily dealing with park visitors and staff. Applicants need to be ready to put others’ interests before their own, learn and support their peers’ learning, participate as a positive team member, work hard, and to lead by example.
MAVS assignments are developed with each of the participating Delaware State Parks.
How Will I Serve?
Focused on park needs, Corps members work in a specific park conducting work under the supervision of the park professional staff. Work will be focused on providing services to help ensure safe, accessible opportunities for visitors in either Visitor Services or Grounds/Environmental Stewardship positions.
Visitor Services Job assignments include customer service work in a Park Boat Houses, Offices, Camp ground retail outlets, Fee Booths, or other park service areas.
Grounds / Environmental Stewardship Positions may include physical work assisting on the Park grounds crew or as a member of the park environmental stewardship team, or help conduct other park specific tasks.
PRK Team North, PRK Team South, Green Jobs Kent, Green Jobs Sussex
Every team needs a dedicated, positive, dependable leader. Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Team Leaders lead a team of YCC members conducting conservation and trail projects throughout state parks within the team’s region. Leaders will coordinate activities with YCC Program Manager and work alongside professional staff of Conservation Technicians, Field Biologists and Environmental Stewardship team members. Each leader will be responsible for on-site coordination of field projects, transporting their team to various worksites, motivating team members, and taking advantage of “teachable moments”! Those selected will complete a two week training with Delaware State Parks’ professional staff including First Aid/CPR, Worksite Hazards and Safety, Becoming an Effective Leader, Positive Behavior Management, and Field Training in invasive species identification and removal.
1 New Castle Region, 1 Kent region, 1 Sussex Region
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Internship is a leadership position delivering core environmental education curriculum to all YCC members. This position is one of three, statewide, and will travel to different sites within the designated region to deliver weekly environmental education and awareness presentations and activities. This position will require implementation of a curriculum, design of weekly educational programs, and weekly reporting of outcomes. Interns will coordinate educational programs and presentations with YCC Program Manager and work alongside the other YCC team leaders to ensure a comprehensive educational experience for all members. This position will travel to deliver education programs to YCC members weekly and will be asked to assist in transportation of members to and from education days. Time not spent in the delivery of education programs will be spent planning, coordinating, and preparing for the next week's program. In addition, the person in the position will visit MAVS unit members within their region, take regular photos, and assist in any program related work and activities as need. Regular reporting of outcomes and regular communication and coordination with YCC Program Manager required.