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Fenwick Island State Park

Special Update - June 30

New Limits Set for Beaches

In accordance with Gov. Carney’s goal of limiting interactions among people in Delaware’s beach areas to reduce transmission of COVID-19, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced the following restrictions to be imposed starting on Friday, July 3 and lasting until further notice:

  • The number of vehicles allowed in Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island state parks will be limited to approximately 60% of the parking capacity. When the 60% capacity is reached, all vehicles will be turned away until vehicle volume within the parks is reduced. Vehicle restrictions may be lifted periodically as volume levels are noticeably reduced within the parks. These limits, which will be enforced at park entrances by DNREC Natural Resources Police, will not be managed based on a “one-in, one-out” policy that would encourage lines of waiting vehicles and people.
  • At Cape Henlopen, when the main gate is closed to additional vehicles based on parking lot capacity, the closure will include vehicles that have arrived at the park for drive-on surf fishing as well.
  • At Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island surf fishing beaches, NRP officers will monitor the number of vehicles on the beach and will close drive-on beach entrances if vehicles fail to maintain the 20-foot distance between vehicles currently mandated by the Governor’s emergency order.
  • Masks or face coverings are required in bathhouse and concession areas of all three parks and strongly encouraged on the beach as well.
  • Campgrounds and cabin rentals will continue.

Find Your Adventure at Fenwick Island

Swimming beach at Fenwick Island State Park

Swim, Sunbathe and Beachcomb on the Atlantic Ocean

Swim, stroll, bask, or play on the picturesque beaches of Fenwick Island. Lifeguard service is provided Memorial Day through Labor Day, and a bathhouse offers showers and changing rooms, a snack bar, and a beach chair and umbrella concession. A beach boardwalk, beach access mats, and beach wheelchairs ensure everyone can enjoy a day at the beach.

Kayaks on the shore at Fenwick Island State Park

Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard the Little Assawoman Bay

Coastal Kayak rentals, right on the shores of the Little Assawoman Bay, is a must for visitors looking for an exciting paddling experience on the Inland Bays. This state park concession provides everything you need for a water adventure to suit your paddling needs. Sunsets on the Assawoman Bay are spectacular anytime of the year.



Sunset on Little Assawoman Bay in Fenwick Island State Park

Watch a Sunset on the Assawoman Bay

Take in the setting sun at the Assawoman Recreation Area as it dips below the undeveloped shoreline of the Little Assawoman Bay.

Ghost crab at Fenwick Island State Park

Superintendent's Pick: Wild Crab Chase!

Bring your flashlight for this for a wild night of fun as a park naturalist takes you for an adventure on the beach at night to look for elusive ghost crabs! Check the park’s program list for details.

About the Park

Before the area became a park, the forces of nature constantly changed the narrow strip of barrier dunes between the Atlantic Ocean and Little Assawoman Bay, keeping the area wild and undeveloped. The area that is Fenwick Island State Park remained largely undisturbed as the towns of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island were established. During World War II, this was part of Delaware's coastal defense system, and a concrete observation tower from that era still stands near the northern boundary of the park. The area was renamed Fenwick Island State Park in 1981.

Swimming, Surfing, Sailing and Sunbathing

Today, Fenwick Island State Park invites visitors to its peaceful ocean and bay shorelines. Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities on the ocean side of the park. The white sand beaches gradually slope into the Atlantic, creating a broad swimming area patrolled by lifeguards during the summer. The park features a modern bathhouse, which offers convenient showers and changing rooms, a satellite park office, and a snack food concession. During the summer months, beach umbrellas and chairs may be rented on the beach. Mobi-Mat equipment, consisting of three 30-foot mats allowing those in wheelchairs and power chairs to access the beach from the boardwalk, is available here.

Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and sailboats are available for rent if you didn't bring your own.


The ocean beaches are a favorite spot for surf fishing. Three dune crossings provide access to multi-use beaches where vehicles with a surf fishing license plate bearing a current surf-fishing decal can drive onto the beach to fish. Surf fishing vehicle decals and plates may be purchased at the nearby Delaware Seashore Regional Office located at the Indian River Marina, at the Indian River Life-Saving Station, or online. A fishing license from DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife is required when fishing in tidal waters.

Upcoming Events

There are currently no programs scheduled at this location

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