DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is launching Delaware’s new Conservation Access Pass on July 1. Starting on that date, a Conservation Access Pass will be required for any registered motor vehicle used to access Division of Fish & Wildlife state wildlife areas for recreational activities, such as birdwatching, wildlife photography, hiking and horseback riding, as well as hunting.
The annual pass for Delaware-registered vehicles is valid from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, and will cost $32.50 when it goes on sale July 1. Additionally, a three-day pass valid for three consecutive days will cost $10. For vehicles with out-of-state registration, an annual pass costs $65 and a three-day pass costs $20.
The Conservation Access Pass is assigned to a single registered vehicle but may be transferred to a different vehicle under the same ownership for an additional $10.
Starting July 1, the pass may be purchased online at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/Lic-Perm-Reg.aspx, at authorized license agents throughout the state, or from DNREC’s licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building at 89 Kings Highway, Dover.
Also starting July 1, Delaware hunters will receive one free annual vehicle pass with the purchase of a hunting license.
To purchase a Conservation Access Pass, wildlife-area users will need to show the registration card for the vehicle in which they will use the dashboard pass.
Some locations managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife are exempt from the Conservation Access Pass requirement, including the Michael N. Castle Trail on the C&D Conservation Area near Delaware City, and designated boating and fishing access sites listed in the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide (http://www.eregulations.com/delaware/fishing/).
At the Assawoman Wildlife Area, including the Okie Preserve, the pass is required for all uses except to launch a boat, fish or crab at the Sassafras and Mulberry Landing boating access areas, Strawberry Landing dock and pavilion, and Memorial Pond.
Educational and shooting-range facilities operated by the division also are exempt, including the Little Creek Hunter Education Center, Aquatic Resources Education Center at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, DuPont Nature Center at Milford Neck Conservation Area and Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center and Public Shooting Range in New Castle.
The Conservation Access Pass will not permit access to Delaware State Parks, which are administered through a different division and require a different pass. Delaware State Forests are managed through the Delaware Department of Agriculture and do not require an access fee. The National Wildlife Refuges are owned and managed by the federal government through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which administers its own access fees separate from the state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.
For more information about Delaware’s Conservation Access Pass, including a complete list of state wildlife areas that require the pass and locations exempt from the pass requirement, visit www.de.gov/fw or call the Division’s Wildlife Section at (302) 739-9912. Answers to frequently-asked questions about the Conservation Access Pass are also online at http://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2017/06/faq-....
For more information about purchasing the pass, call the division’s Recreational Licensing Office at (302) 739-9918.