DNREC to Launch Drive-On Surf Fishing Reservation System, Tues, May 16

Beginning next Tuesday, DNREC will launch a drive-on surf fishing reservation system for Delaware State Parks. This pilot program is for Delaware State Parks drive on, multi-use beaches. Reservations are required during peak times during the summer. For annual and two-year surf fishing permits, reservations will be required weekends and holidays from 8am to 4pm – beginning May 20 through Labor Day Monday, but not during the week.

Additional information from DNREC:

Reservations cannot be made in person at state parks or at the DNREC Central Office in Dover.  

Reservation confirmations must be printed and displayed in the registered vehicle for enforcement verification. Annual and two-year surf fishing permit holders with reservations will be allowed into the park for surf fishing, even if a park gate is closed, when parking capacity has been reached. 

Other details:  

• A fee of $4 per reservation will be charged to reserve drive-on access. This fee is non-refundable.  

• One reservation will be allowed per annual and two-year surf permit holder per day. Reservations are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Those with more than one Surf Fishing Permit who would like to use multiple vehicles on the same day will require the driver of the vehicles to make a reservation under their customer account.  

• Reservations may be made for any of the drive-on multi-use beaches in Delaware State Parks.  

• Once a reservation is made, it cannot be changed. If the person who made the reservation wishes to drive onto the beach at a different location from where they reserved, they must cancel and make another reservation for the correct beach based upon availability.

To find answers to frequently asked questions and other surf fishing resources, go to www.destateparks.com/surftagsales.