Surf Fishing on Delaware State Park Beaches

Note: New blue surf fishing vehicle plates will be issued during the 2018 season. Both white and blue surf plates are valid.

Read the 2018 Surf Fishing Report

About Low-Digit Surf Tags

Delawareans love their low-digit vehicle tags -- and now, you can own the sport fisherman's equivalent with the purchase of a low-digit surf-fishing tag for the front of your vehicle! A limited number of these individually-numbered black plates, each with its own certificate of authenticity, are offered at auction each year.

Licenses Available for for Fishing in Tidal Waters

Some of the best fishing in the Mid-Atlantic States takes place on Delaware State Park beaches. However, lugging all your gear across a dune crossing can be troublesome. Consequently, Delaware State Parks have made it easy for surf fishermen to bring their vehicles with them. The Surf Fishing Vehicle Permit allows four-wheeled vehicles onto designated beaches for the sole purpose of fishing. Surf fishing vehicle permits are issued for the calendar year.

For more information about surf fishing on Delaware State Park beaches, you may call (302) 739-9220 or send us an email.

Dune Crossings

The dunes found in all coastal parks represent an important yet fragile natural resource which functions as a protective barrier during severe coastal storms. While the dunes often surive the destructive power of storms, they do not withstand the harmful impact of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The dunes are protected by law and access is strictly limited to designated crossings. Access on the beach is strictly limited to the seaward toe of the dune down to the water.

Surf Fishing Restrictions

Vehicles bearing surf-fishing permits (meaning their occupants must be actively engaged in recreational surf fishing) are required to park in single file, with a ban on vehicle stacking. This enables better enforcement of the actively-engaged rule and also addresses safety concerns for beachgoers and park staff. Read More


Download maps of dune crossings and designated fishing areas (PDF format).

Individual maps:


Other Beach Driving

Because beach driving can cause serious damage to vegetation and wildlife and contributes to shore erosion, Delaware State Parks limits vehicles on the beach to designated surf fishing areas only for the sole purpose of actively engaging in fishing. To use these areas, you must have a valid surf fishing vehicle permit and be actively engaged in surf fishing at all times while on the beach. To keep our beaches clean and safe for wildlife and park visitors, other recreational beach driving is not allowed.