Delaware State Parks Fee Season Begins Friday, March 1st

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)¬†reminds visitors to Delaware State Parks that 2024 entrance fees will be in effect starting tomorrow–Friday, March 1st and continuing through Nov. 30th. State park entrance fees for vehicles registered in Delaware are $4 at inland parks and $5 at ocean parks. Fees for out-of-state vehicles…

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DNREC Extends Ocean Lifeguard Coverage to Weekends in September

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The ocean swimming areas at Delaware State Parks are typically unguarded after Labor Day, but thanks to the significant growth of the Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol under new leadership, more than 70 lifeguards were hired this year. As a result, DNREC will continue to have lifeguards at two of its four Delaware State Parks–ocean swimming…

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Del. Parks, Some DNREC Operations Adjusted In January

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources is making some changes in response to the recent surge in coronavirus cases. State parks, nature and wildlife areas are still open, but through the end of January public restroom facilities will be closed. Portable facilities will be available. Indoor programs will be held virtually or may be canceled.…

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2022 Del. Parks Passes, Surf-Fish Permits On Hold

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The sale of 2022 Delaware State Parks passes and surf fishing permits is being held up by supply chain disruptions. The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that 2021 surf fishing permits will be valid at surf fishing beaches through January 31st. It’s not certain when the new passes and permits will arrive. Permits that…

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Bags Into Benches: Plastic Bags Recycled

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Unused plastic bags in Delaware are being put to use. A non-profit organization, Eco Plastic Products of Delaware, accepted DNREC’s excess plastic bags when state parks converted carry-in carry-out bags to corn and paper products last year. About 2,000 pounds of bags, in the area of 450,000, will be made into 15 benches that will…

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Del. Surf Fish Permits Sell Out

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Sales of Delaware surf fishing permits have reached a cap of 17,000. There are no more permits to be had, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Sales of surf fishing permits began in December. The cap of 17,000 was established in 2019 by the Delaware Parks and Recreation Advisory Council as a way to…

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Del. State Park Entrance Fees Resume Monday

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Delaware State Parks entrance fees will return Monday. Parks are free between November 30th and March 1st. According to the Department of Natural Resources, park entrance fee revenues are used to manage the 17 state parks and for trail maintenance, environmental and recreation programs, guarded beaches, camping and cabin facilities and other amenities. State Park…

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First Day Hikers Welcome At State Parks

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If you are planning to take part in a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day, earlier might be better than later. Rain looks likely for the afternoon. State parks across the nation welcome visitors each January 1st to take to the trails. This year’s hikes will be self-guided. Visitors to Delaware State Parks are…

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Del. State Parks Will Be Free This Fri.

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Delaware State Parks will be open to the public at no charge this Friday. The Department of Natural Resources will waive the entry fee as part of the annual Black Friday #OptOutside movement. It encourages Americans to spend time outdoors on the day after Thanksgiving and to share their experiences on social media using the…

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DNREC limits the number of visitors to state parks over coronavirus

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The¬†Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control¬†(DNREC) has announced that steps are being taken to limit the numbers of visitors within state parks and wildlife areas, following crowding and public health concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Starting Friday, April 10, administrators of parks and wildlife areas recommended to DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin that…

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