September 4, 2019 -- Although the severity of Hurricane Dorian's impact on Delaware is still unknown, the forecast for Friday, September 6 is currently 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, we anticipate that campgrounds will remain open throughout the weekend; however, if you have a camping reservation for this weekend, 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. Also, the beach at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park will be closed on Thursday, September 5 to allow DNREC's Division of Soil and Water to perform beach stabilization in advance of the storm. This message will be updated as conditions change.
Help us protect our trees by preventing the spread of harmful insect pests to Delaware's parks and forests. Due to recent quarantines and threats of invasive insects that are detrimental to Delaware’s agriculture, outside firewood is no longer permitted in Delaware State Park campgrounds. Firewood is available for purchase at all State Park campgrounds.
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that is dangerous and destructive to the agriculture, horticulture and forests in the State of Delaware and surrounding states. Specific targets of this insect are grapevines, fruit trees, hops and trees. The SLF will lay eggs on any flat surface such as tree trunks, vehicles, boats, grills, bicycles, and coolers, so they can be easily transported. The Delaware Department of Agriculture has quarantined eleven zip code areas in Delaware to eradicate, control, and prevent the spread of SLF in Delaware and to surrounding states. Thirteen counties in southeastern Pennsylvania and Mercer, Warren and Hunterdon Counties in New Jersey also have quarantine requirements. If you live or will travel through these counties on your way to camp in Delaware State Parks please check with your state agriculture department for specific quarantine regulations.
Several other invasive insects may be spread by transporting firewood. Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorn Beetle, Southern Bark Beetle and Sirex Wood Wasp all pose a serious threat to native trees and forest ecosystems. You can protect our valuable forest resources by not transporting firewood.
The most effective way that campers can help stop the spread of these invasive insects is to check your vehicles and gear for SLF egg masses and to refrain from transporting wood, including firewood. When you travel to a campground, use the firewood that is sold there to prevent the spread of these destructive insects.
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.
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 should be contained within the fire ring, and should not be left unattended.
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.
Changes to your reservation may be made online, or through the call center unless it is same day at which point please call the park office.
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.