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Holts Landing State Park


Special Notice: 6/28/19

The Sea Hawk trail is currently closed for maintenance.

Find Your Adventure at Holts Landing State Park

The Seahawk Trail at Holts Landing State Park

Hike the Seahawk Trail

Hikers may see hawks, herons, osprey and various songbirds on this trail that meanders along maritime forest, salt marsh, and freshwater habitats.

Crabbing pier at Holts Landing State Park

Go Crabbing on the Indian River Bay

Enjoy a beautiful day on the water by trying your luck catching blue crabs from Delaware State Parks' only crabbing pier.

Boat Ramp at Holts Landing State Park

Launch a Boat

The Holts Landing State Park boat ramp offers one of the only public access points on the Indian River Bay. It's open 24 hours a day to catch the right tide for a day of fishing and boating.

Family Fun Night at Holts Landing State Park

Suprintendent's Pick: Enjoy a Free Concert

Bring your picnic basket and beverages for Outdoor Family Fun Nights, hosted by the Friends of Holts Landing State Park. Enjoy a special evening sitting by a campfire and listening to live music by the bay. Part of Delaware State Parks' Summer Concert Series.

About the Park

Historically, the shores of the inland bays were home to native Americans, who harvested seafood and hunted in the surrounding marshes and forests. After the European settlers arrived, agriculture developed slowly around the "little bays." The property that is now Holts Landing State Park has a long recorded history as a small family farm. The Holt family maintained a farm with a bayshore boat landing on this site until 1957, when the property was sold to the state highway department. Then, in 1965, the first parcel of land was transferred to the State Park Commission, forming Holts Landing State Park.

Fishing, Clamming and Crabbing

holts landing pier

If seafood is on the menu, wade the shallow waters of the Indian River Bay in search of mussels or clams, take your boat out on the bay for a day of fishing, or drop a line for blue crabs from the park's crabbing pier, the only pier in Delaware built specifically for crabbing. Fishing permit required. 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.

Paddling, Picnics and Family Fun

Holts Landing contains a surprising variety of beautiful landscapes, from bay shore beach to grassy fields and hardwood forests, with trails for walking and jogging. The bay waters are great for paddling by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and wind-surfing is also popular. A pavilion with a nearby fire pit offers is available for group gatherings like family reunions and company picnics. During the summer season, bring the family to enjoy Family Fun Nights and bayside concerts sponsored by the Friends of Holts Landing State Park.

Upcoming Events

Sharks of the Inland Bays

Thursday, August 13, 2020

9:00 AM

What kind of sharks could be swimming in our inland bays? Learn the answer at this program where we learn about why sharks might be in our waters, the important role they play in the coastal ecosystem, and how we can help with shark conservation. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Free

Add to Calendar 8/13/2020 9:00:00 AM 8/13/2020 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Sharks of the Inland Bays What kind of sharks could be swimming in our inland bays? Learn the answer at this program where we learn about why sharks might be in our waters, the important role they play in the coastal ecosystem, and how we can help with shark conservation. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Free Holts Landing State Park

Marsh Exploration

Thursday, August 13, 2020

10:00 AM

Have you ever wondered what tiny critters might inhabit the marshes of our inland bays?  Come join a Park Naturalist in exploring what organisms can be found in the salt marsh and learn about the important role that they all play. Closed-toe shoes and pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 3 and up. $5 per person (including adults)

Add to Calendar 8/13/2020 10:00:00 AM 8/13/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Marsh Exploration Have you ever wondered what tiny critters might inhabit the marshes of our inland bays?  Come join a Park Naturalist in exploring what organisms can be found in the salt marsh and learn about the important role that they all play. Closed-toe shoes and pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 3 and up. $5 per person (including adults) Holts Landing State Park

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