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Delaware State Parks Announces Entrance Fees for 2024 Season This March

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has announced that entrance fees for Delaware State Parks will be implemented from March 1 through November 30.

The fees apply to both vehicles registered in Delaware and those from out of state, with specific rates set for inland and ocean parks. Delaware-registered vehicles will be charged $4 at inland parks and $5 at ocean parks, while out-of-state vehicles will incur fees of $8 and $10, respectively, at these locations.

The revenue generated from the sale of passes and permits is crucial for the maintenance and operation of Delaware’s state parks, which include 17 parks, the Brandywine Zoo, and over 26,500 acres of land. This income, accounting for 70% of the parks’ operational funds, supports a variety of needs such as trail maintenance, environmental education, recreational programs, and the upkeep of visitor amenities and guarded beaches.

For frequent visitors, DNREC offers various annual passes that provide unlimited access to the state parks throughout the fee season. These passes cater to different groups, including Delaware residents, non-residents, active-duty military personnel, veterans, and those receiving public assistance. A virtual pass is issued immediately upon online purchase of annual passes, valid for use until the physical pass arrives by mail.

Payment of daily entrance fees can be made through credit card machines available at most park locations, where fee attendants are stationed, or through self-registration envelopes. These envelopes are to be placed in designated secure drop boxes at park entrances.

Additionally, Delaware public libraries offer an annual park pass that can be borrowed by library cardholders, promoting accessibility to the state parks. For corporate and group wellness initiatives, discounted annual passes are available, offering benefits such as discounts on camping or cottage stays and exclusive end-of-year outing benefits.

Surf fishing enthusiasts can purchase annual or two-year permits that allow year-round drive-on access to designated beaches, including during peak times, with an off-peak option excluding major holidays and weekends from May through Labor Day. To manage access during high-demand periods, reservations are required for drive-on beach access at seven state parks, starting in May, with reservations available weekly for the upcoming weekend.

In a recent development, the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation will take over the management of Deauville Beach from the city of Rehoboth. As this transition is underway, no fees will be charged for Deauville Beach access until later in the spring, with further details to be announced.

For more information about the park fee season this March, click here.


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Jeffrey Rivera
Jeffrey Rivera
March 13, 2024 11:10 am

Isn’t it great that Delaware State Parks offer discounts for seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities, making it inclusive for everyone? Let’s explore the diverse landscapes and activities they provide!

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