September 4, 2019: Although the severity of Hurricane Dorian's impact on Delaware is still unknown, the forecast for Friday is calling for 30- to 40-mile-per-hour winds, one to three inches of rain, higher than normal tides, and minor coastal flooding. At this time, campgrounds remain open through the weekend; however, if you wish, you may cancel or shorten your stay with no penalty. Your refund will be processed within the next 10 days. Should you choose to cancel your reservation, please call (877) 987-2757. This message will be updated as conditions change.
Campsite rates are for up to four people. Additional persons are $2 per night, up to a maximum of eight people per site.
Campgrounds at Cape Henlopen and Trap Pond State Park are open from March 1 through November 30. They are closed during the winter months.
The new campground at Delaware Seashore State Park is now open! The campground will be open year-round, although during the winter months, it is open for self-contained units only. The Cottages at Indian River Marina are open year-round.
Campgrounds at Killens Pond and Lums Pond State Parks are open year-round.
The Division of Parks and Recreation has a Central Reservation Service. Although reservations are not required, we strongly recommend that you make one to ensure that accommodations are available. There is no additional expense to make a reservation.
Reservations can be placed for campgrounds, cabins, yurts, the Cottages at Indian River Marina, and Fort Delaware tours, and Killen's Pond Waterpark..
Delaware State Parks are here for your enjoyment. Please be considerate of others and dispose of litter properly. Remember...take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Help us protect our trees by preventing the spread of harmful insect pests to Delaware's parks and forests. Use the firewood sold at the campground or from local sources near the park you are visiting. Please do not bring firewood with you into Delaware.
Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that was most likely introduced to this country from Asia in solid wood packing material aboard cargo ships. The adult beetle feeds on the foliage of ash trees and does little damage. However, Emerald Ash Borer larva feed on the inner bark of the tree, disrupting the tree’s ability to thrive.
The Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and has since spread to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, West Virginia, and Quebec and Ontario in Canada. Despite states’ best efforts to stop the spread of this insect, it has killed an estimated 25 million trees.
One of the most common ways that Emerald Ash Borer spreads is through the transportation of firewood. The most effective way that citizens can help stop the spread of this invasive insect is to refrain from transporting wood, including firewood from one state to another. When you travel to a campground, use the firewood that is sold there to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.
For more information about emerald ash borer, visit this national site maintained by Michigan State University.
Campfires and open fires may be banned in selected campgrounds during extremely dry conditions. Please contact the campground immediately prior to your visit for fire status. Charcoal fires in grills are permitted during bans unless otherwise noted.
Campfires are not permitted at Delaware Seashore State Park at any time.
You may change a reservation once at no charge. For each subsequent change, a fee of $10 will be charged. Changes may be a date or site change at any state park that offers family camping, cottages, cabins, or yurts. The transaction amount must remain the same as the original reservation charge to qualify as a change.
In the event Delaware State Parks must close a park or campground (due to storm or other emergency); the affected campers will be given a refund of the unused portion of their reservation. If the campground remains open and the camper elects to leave, the action will be treated as an early departure and no refund will be given.