Paddling in Delaware State Parks

Choose Delaware State Parks for your next paddling adventure. Whatever your skill level, there is a state park that will serve your needs, from a serene trip around one of our beautiful millponds to a more strenuous paddle in the open waters of the Delaware Bay!

Paddling in Delaware State Parks

Park Location Miles Ease
Brandywine Creek Brandywine Creek 6-7 Easy to Moderate No
Cape Henlopen Delaware Bay 1-3 Easy to Moderate No
Delaware Seashore Coastal Bays Varies Easy to Moderate No
Killens Pond Killens Pond 2-4 Easy No
Lums Pond Lums Pond 1-7 Easy No
Trap Pond Trap Pond Variable    
*James Branch Water Trail 5
(one way)
Internediate to Advanced No
Racoon Pond Water Trail 2
(round trip)
Moderate No
Terrapin Branch Water Trail 2.8
(round trip)
Moderate No

*Special Notice: The James Branch Nature Preserve, from the Trap Pond Spillway downstream to the bridge at Hitch Pond Road, is closed until further notice.
Visitors wanting to paddle the James Branch Water Trail may put in at the Records Pond Boat Ramp and paddle upstream approximately 5 miles to Hitch Pond road. See map.

Boat Rentals

No boat? No problem! All types of paddling adventures await you, with boat rentals available by the hour or by the day, or through guided tours and excusions! Follow the links for information about fees and available options.

Brandywine Creek Rentals and excursions provided by Wilderness Canoe Trips
Cape Henlopen Canoe/Kayak rentals and excursions provided by Delaware State Parks
Delaware Seashore No rentals, but guided paddling tours and excursions are offered, led by Delaware State Parks staff
Fenwick Island Rentals and excursions provided by Coastal Kayak
Killens Pond Canoe/Kayak/Rowboat/Pedal Boat rentals provided by Delaware State Parks
Lums Pond Canoe/Kayak/Rowboat/Pedal Boat/Sailboat rentals provided by Delaware State Parks
Trap Pond Canoe/Kayak/Rowboat/Pedal Boat rentals provided by Delaware State Parks

 


Guided Paddling Trips

Are you nervous about paddling for the first time? Don't have a kayak or canoe? Perhaps you just want to paddle with a group. Join our state park staff on a guided canoe or kayak trip! Kayak excursions are offered at Trap Pond, Killens Pond, Delaware Seashore, Cape Henlopen and Brandywine Creek. Check out these upcoming paddling adventures! Please call the park to confirm scheduling and make reservations.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 AM

Two-hour tours for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous. Equipment provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen. No flip-flops. Single and tandem kayaks available. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Under 18 must be accompanied by paying adult. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals at the Fishing Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 12:30 PM

Rentals include PFD, seat and paddle. Must have paddling experience. Closed-toe shoes required - no flip-flops. No reservations, but call 302-645-6852 or 302-644-6720 for information and current weather conditions. Single and tandem kayaks available. Ages 8 and up with paying adult; solo paddlers must be at least 13. Single or Tandem Sit-on-Top: $15 per person per hour


Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6:30 PM

Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. Suitable for beginner paddlers; instruction is provided. Rain date is the following day. $20 per person


Fall Foliage Canoe Trip at Brandywine Creek State Park

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:30 AM

Saturday, September 20 - Register by September 17 9:30 a.m. Join us as we welcome the beginning of fall with a guided canoe trip down the Brandywine River! Start with canoe instruction and nature identification. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Be prepared to carry your canoe to the river. Equipment provided; bring water and a snack, and dress to get wet. Some experience is recommended. Meet at the Brandywine River Museum, Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA, at 9:30 a.m. Parking fees may apply. Return transportation provided. Advance registration and payment are required, space is limited so reserve a spot today! Cost is $20 per person; a third person in a canoe is $10 (700-lb. capacity)


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 AM

Two-hour tours for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous. Equipment provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen. No flip-flops. Single and tandem kayaks available. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Under 18 must be accompanied by paying adult. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals at the Fishing Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 12:30 PM

Rentals include PFD, seat and paddle. Must have paddling experience. Closed-toe shoes required - no flip-flops. No reservations, but call 302-645-6852 or 302-644-6720 for information and current weather conditions. Single and tandem kayaks available. Ages 8 and up with paying adult; solo paddlers must be at least 13. Single or Tandem Sit-on-Top: $15 per person per hour


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, October 04, 2014 from 10 AM

Two-hour tours for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous. Equipment provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen. No flip-flops. Single and tandem kayaks available. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Under 18 must be accompanied by paying adult. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals at the Fishing Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, October 04, 2014 from 12:30 PM

Rentals include PFD, seat and paddle. Must have paddling experience. Closed-toe shoes required - no flip-flops. No reservations, but call 302-645-6852 or 302-644-6720 for information and current weather conditions. Single and tandem kayaks available. Ages 8 and up with paying adult; solo paddlers must be at least 13. Single or Tandem Sit-on-Top: $15 per person per hour


Full Moon Kayak at Killens Pond State Park

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 from 6:30 PM

Join us for an evening kayak under a full moon. We will explore the pond and discover nocturnal wildlife by moonlight. Bring a headlamp! $10 per paddler Pre-register by calling (302) 284-4299. Be sure to check with the nature center, park office, campg


Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10 AM

Two-hour tours for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous. Equipment provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen. No flip-flops. Single and tandem kayaks available. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Under 18 must be accompanied by paying adult. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem


Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals at the Fishing Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 12:30 PM

Rentals include PFD, seat and paddle. Must have paddling experience. Closed-toe shoes required - no flip-flops. No reservations, but call 302-645-6852 or 302-644-6720 for information and current weather conditions. Single and tandem kayaks available. Ages 8 and up with paying adult; solo paddlers must be at least 13. Single or Tandem Sit-on-Top: $15 per person per hour


Eco Explorers Club: Fall Foliage Kayak at Killens Pond State Park

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 2 PM

Ages 6 to 12 All programs meet at the Nature Center and last an hour unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required; call (302) 284-4299. Take a 2 -hour kayak trip with our naturalist to see the beautiful fall colors and learn why leaves change colors. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. $10 per person