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DELAWARE SEASHORE STATE PARK


Dine Out and Save the Tower!

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation has teamed up with Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach to help restore Tower 3 at Tower Road Ocean in Delaware Seashore State Park! From September 1 to 30, dine at Iron Hill, present your coupon, and Iron Hill will donate 20% of your food bill (excluding alcoholic beverages, gratuity, and taxes) to the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation. They will also be releasing a “Lookout Lemon Drop” Pale Ale and a “Tower Turkey” Chili, and $1 from every pint of beer and $2 from every cup of chili will go towards the restoration, which will include much-needed repairs and opening the tower to the public.

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Park History

Transportation along this barrier island, bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, was difficult until the Federal government completed construction of two large steel and stone jetties in 1939, stabilizing the Indian River Inlet. The State Park Commission (now the Division of Parks and Recreation) began managing the land as Indian River State Park in 1965, but it didn't become Delaware Seashore State Park until 1967.

Swimming, Surfing Sunbathing

Two ocean swimming areas, patrolled by lifeguards from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the summer season, feature modern bathhouses with showers, changing rooms and concession stands. The beach just north of the Inlet is one of the few surfing areas within the park. Mobi-Mat equipment, consisting of three 30-foot mats allowing those in wheelchairs and power chairs to access the beach from the boardwalk, is also available at the Towers Ocean and South Inlet locations.

Camping at the Beach

Two campgrounds, one on each side of the Indian River Inlet, accommodate a variety of camping units, from tents to large recreational vehicles. North Inlet campsites feature three-point hookups (electricity, water, and sewer service), with three-point hookups (electric, water and sewer) and Standard (no hookups) sites, and tent sites available at the South Inlet campground.

Two campgrounds, one on each side of the Indian River Inlet, accommodate a variety of camping units, from tents to large recreational vehicles. North Inlet campsites feature three-point hookups (electricity, water, and sewer service), with three-point hookups (electric, water and sewer) and Standard (no hookups) sites, and tent sites available at the South Inlet campground. Get info about camping at Delaware Seashore.

Indian River Marina

Anglers may try their luck along the banks of the Indian River Inlet or on the ocean beaches, and head boats and charter boats launch out of the full-service Indian River Marina, offering wet slips, fuel docks, boat storage, supplies and more. Visit our Indian River Marina page for hours and information.

Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum

Built in 1876 for use by the United States Lifesaving Service, the full-restored station today features maritime exhibits and historic reenactors who periodically demonstrate turn-of-the-century techniques to rescue sailing ships in distress. Includes a gift shop offering unique coastal and maritime merchandise. Visit our Indian River Life-Saving Station page for hours and information.

Fishing, Clamming and Crabbing

A special access pier at the Indian Inlet allows the elderly and people with disabilities to get close to the fishing action. Clamming and crabbing are permitted in some sections of the bays; please check with the Park Office for open areas. Marked dune crossings allow surf-fishing access for four-wheel drive vehicles on the beach (permits required). Permits are also required for fishing, clamming and crabbing. Click for information about surf fishing permits and fishing licenses. 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.

Dining

Located at the South Inlet Day Use Area at Delaware Seashore State Park, Big Chill Beach Club is an oceanfront restaurant and event tent featuring an umbrella deck with breath-taking 360° views of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Inlet, and Indian River Bay. The Big Chill Beach Club features casual beach fare from breakfast to dinner, full-service cocktails, wine and beer, an oyster bar and Umbrella Bar, fire pit and hang-out game area, beach amenities for the beach-goers, and catered events for up to 200 people. Open daily April to October, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. A park entry fee is charged March through November.

Bury your toes in the sand tableside at Hammerheads Dockside at the Indian River Marina! This full-service outdoor restaurant offers a fresh, vibrant menu with terrific views of the marina. Features include live music, a full-service bar, free parking, and complementary dockage for boaters (subject to availability). Open daily at 7 a.m. during the summer.

Outdoor Recreation

Hikers and bikers beat the heat on a cool stretch of the Fred Hudson Trail

The shallow bays are perfect for windsurfing and sailing. A non- motorized boat launch provides access for sail boards, kayaks, and boats in the New Road area.

Six different family-friendly trails showcase a variety of habitats for hikers, bikers, or horseback riders, and entertaining and informative programs, such as bay seining and marsh hikes, are held throughout the summer. The park hosts a popular Sandcastle Contest each July, where amateur participants create unique sculptures and castles to compete for prizes.

Nature Preserves at Delaware Seashore State Park

  • Burton Island Nature Preserve – A short pedestrian-only loop trail winds through several different habitats in its compact area, from salt marsh to upland forest. This variety in the landscape also attracts a large variety of birds, from water and wading birds to migrating songbirds. The trail is best enjoyed during the fall, winter and spring seasons; insect repellent is recommended during warm weather.

  • Thompson Island Nature Preserve – The mature coastal forest of Thompson Island has seen thousands of years of human occupation. Today, hikers can take an out-and-back trail through a mature upland hardwood and conifer forest before ending at a scenic overlook near the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. The trail's crushed stone surface is accessible. Pets and bicycles are not permitted on the trail or in the preserve.

Upcoming Events

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, February 20, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar 2/20/2020 4:00:00 PM 2/20/2020 5:30:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Glass Jewelry 101

Saturday, February 22, 2020

10:00 AM

Make your own beautiful sea glass pendant using a few basic wire-wrap techniques. Bring your own piece of sea glass or choose from our collection. Pre-registration required Ages 12 and up $15 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar 2/22/2020 10:00:00 AM 2/22/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Sea Glass Jewelry 101 Make your own beautiful sea glass pendant using a few basic wire-wrap techniques. Bring your own piece of sea glass or choose from our collection. Pre-registration required Ages 12 and up $15 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Squid Dissection

Saturday, February 22, 2020

1:00 PM

Study one of the most specialized invertebrates of the sea! A park naturalist will guide a dissection and participants will get to see, first-hand, some of the squid’s unique adaptations for survival. Pre-registration required Limit 1 adult per child Ages 8+ $6 per child Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar 2/22/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/22/2020 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Squid Dissection Study one of the most specialized invertebrates of the sea! A park naturalist will guide a dissection and participants will get to see, first-hand, some of the squid’s unique adaptations for survival. Pre-registration required Limit 1 adult per child Ages 8+ $6 per child Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

5:00 PM

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar 2/25/2020 5:00:00 PM 2/25/2020 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, February 27, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details.

Add to Calendar 2/27/2020 4:00:00 PM 2/27/2020 5:30:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details. Delaware Seashore State Park

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