State parks are now collecting daily fees


The state Division of Parks and Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware’s state parks that daily entrance fees will be collected from May 1 until Oct. 31.

“State parks are still the biggest recreation bargain in the state,” said Division Director Charles A. Salkin. “Where else can a carload of Delawareans enjoy a whole day of outdoor recreation at some of the most scenic spots in the state for only $2.50?”

Better yet, he says, why not purchase an annual pass and have a whole summer of fun at all 14 state parks, from Fenwick Island State Park, the farthest south, to White Clay Creek State Park, the farthest north, and points in between.

Senior citizens can get the best deal of all, according to Salkin: “We are pleased to be able to offer lifetime passes that can be purchased by Delaware residents 65 and over for only $45.” Annual passes are $20 for Delaware residents and $40 for out-of-staters, half price for senior citizens (62 and over) and $20 for military personnel on active duty.

The daily entrance fee is $2.50 for Delaware registered vehicles and $5 for out-of-state vehicles at most of the parks: Bellevue, Brandywine Creek, Fort DuPont, Lums Pond, Fox Point and White Clay Creek State Park and Preserve (including the Judge Morris area) in New Castle County; Killens Pond in Kent County; Cape Henlopen, Beach Plum Island Nature Preserve, Delaware Seashore, Holts Landing, Trap Pond, Trussum Pond Natural Area, Fenwick Island and Fenwick Island’s State Line Beach in Sussex County.

Fort Delaware State Park has no park entrance fee, but there is a charge for the ferry ride to Pea Patch Island. Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, which has been part of the state park system since 1998, charges admission from March 14 through Oct. 31.

Fee collectors will be on duty most of the time, but in some instances — when it would be more cost effective, for example — a self-payment system may be used.

Delaware residents with a Golden Access Passport issued by the Department of the Interior to U.S. citizens who are permanently disabled are not charged entrance fees. In Delaware, Golden Access Passports can be obtained at Bellevue, Killens Pond and Cape Henlopen state parks, as well as at Bombay Hook and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuges.

State park annual passes are available at park offices, at the central office at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, from license agents throughout the state or, this year for the first time, online by going to www.destateparks.com and clicking on Delaware@YourService.

For more information, including a list of license agents, contact the Division of Parks and Recreation at (302) 739-4702 or visit on the Internet at www.destateparks.com.