Outdoor Enthusiasts

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers information and programs for hunters, anglers, bird-watchers, campers, bikers, hikers, swimmers and people who like to lie on their backs in the grass and gaze up at the clouds.

DNREC manages various types of public lands to provide outdoor recreation opportunities.  The agency helps protect clean water and habitat for fish and other aquatic creatures. DNREC staff help manage wildlife and fisheries enjoyed by hunters, anglers, birders and others.

Delaware’s many state parks, wildlife areas, reserves, and outdoor educational centers offer beaches, woods, waters, trails, events, camping and cabins and more. Delawareans enjoy boating and hiking, bicycling, bird-watching and many other activities.

Get Out and Enjoy Nature

Fall 2019 Outdoor Delaware Magazine

Read up on what’s out there in Delaware’s Outdoor Delaware magazine

Find parks, natural areas, trails and more with the Play Outside app from Delaware State Parks

Buy Annual Park Passes and Surf Fishing Permits

Take advantage of one of the many Delaware Wildlife Areas

Find information about the Delaware Conservation Access Pass

Get answers to some of the most-asked questions about plant life in Delaware from the Flora of Delaware database (University of Delaware)

Visit the St. Jones Reserve and the Blackbird Creek Reserve of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR)

See what’s happening at the reserves

Stop by the DuPont Nature Center, at the Mispillion Harbor Reserve, or the Aquatic Resources Education Center, at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area

Become an outdoors-woman with the Delaware’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program

Learn about Boating Safety in Delaware and Boat Registration

Find opportunities for Children in Nature

Hunting and Fishing

The DNREC Wildlife Section manages nearly 50,000 acres of Delaware land, habitat for a multitude of wild plants, animals, insects and rare species of all kinds.  Much of this land, and many acres of private land, provide hunting over a number of seasons.  More information is found in the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Learn about the Conservation Access Pass

How to Buy a Hunting License

Delaware features a wide variety of fishing opportunities for every angler, from the Delaware River and Bay, to the ocean, to the dozens of ponds, streams, and tidal creeks. The weekly Delaware Fishing Report is one of the most popular web pages on the DNREC web site. The Delaware Fishing Guide provides more information on the 22 fishing and boating sites providing access to vast populations of striped bass, summer flounder and black drum, as well as 11 artificial reef sites.

How to Buy a Fishing License

What are the license requirements for fishing in Delaware?

Facts on the more than 180 species of fish and shellfish that may be found in Delaware waters

The Take a Kid Fishing! Program

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