Topic: Outdoors and Recreation

DNREC Outdoors & Recreation

Delaware is rich in natural beauty. Its landscape ranges from the rolling hills of New Castle County, through the coastal marshes and river systems of Kent County, to the woodlands and beaches of Sussex County.

There are trails, parks, and natural areas to wander.  There are waterways for boating, fishing and swimming. There are woodlands to hike and hunt. And there are both ocean beaches and bay-shore beaches, for lounging, surfing and swimming. Outdoor recreation is an important part of the Delaware lifestyle. It is an important part of the state’s economic vitality.

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.

And DNREC’s Outdoor Delaware magazine provides quarterly updates and features about the outdoor life in the First State.

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Go Fishing

2019 Delaware Fishing GuideFishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in Delaware. The state 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, which host and can teem with black sea bass, tautog and other species.

Other resources for anglers:

The Delaware Fishing Report

How to Buy a Fishing License

What are the license requirements for fishing in Delaware?

Hunting and Fishing License Agent Information

Frequently Asked Questions About Fishing License Fees

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

The Take a Kid Fishing! Program

The Indian River Marina Fishing Report (Delaware State Parks)

Detailed information on Delaware Public Fishing Ponds

Fishing and Boating Access Areas — Tidal and Non-Tidal

Recreational Fishing Sizes, Seasons, and Creel Limits

Go Hunting

2019/2020 Delaware Hunting Guide CoverThe 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.

Other resources for hunters:

Information about the new Conservation Access Pass

How to Buy a Hunting License

More about Hunting and Trapping Licenses and Permits

Hunting and Fishing License Agent Information

Hunting License Fee Frequently Asked Questions

Operation Game Theft

Wildlife Area Hunting Maps and Regulations

Pistol-Caliber Rifles for Deer Hunting

Sunday Deer Hunting

Hunter Education Program

Delaware Master Hunter Program

Delaware’s State Shooting Ranges

Delaware’s White-Tailed Deer

Get Out and Enjoy Nature

Fall 2019 Outdoor Delaware CoverThere’s more to do out of doors in Delaware than just hunting and fishing. 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:

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

Visit one of Delaware’s many state parks

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

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Important Phone Numbers

To make illegal hunting and fishing complaints, contact the Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police: 800.523.3336

Or contact Operation GameTheft: 800.292.3030

For information about Delaware Parks and Recreation: 302.739.9200

For information about fishing, contact the Delaware Fisheries Section: 302.739.9914

For information about wildlife preservation and about hunting, contact the Delaware Wildlife Section: 302.739.9912

For information on licenses for fishing, hunting and trapping, contact the Outreach, Licensing & Grants Management Section: 302.739.9918

For information about boat registration, boat ramp certificates and commercial fisheries, contact the Enforcement Section: 302.739.9916

For information about Delaware’s estuaries, contact the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve: 302.739.6377

For information on education resources dealing with wetlands, fishing, horseshoe crabs and other aquatic themes, contact the Aquatic Resources Education Center: 302.735.8652

Public Meetings

Meetings of the Division of Fish and Wildlife

Meetings of the Division of Parks and Recreation

Meetings of Delaware Coastal Programs


Regulations Governing State Parks

Regulations Governing Natural Areas and Nature Preserves


Horseshoe Crab

Tidal Finfish (Bass, Flounder, Menhaden, Shad, Sharks, Sturgeon, Tilefish, Weakfish, etc.)

Non-Tidal Finfish

Shellfish (Conch, Crabs, Hard Clams, Lobsters, Oysters)

Shellfish Aquaculture

Wildlife (Species, Hunting Seasons, Method of Take and other Hunting Information including Preserves)

Social Media

Delaware Coastal Management Program on Facebook and Twitter

Delaware Fish and Wildlife on Facebook and Twitter

Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Facebook and Twitter

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DNERR Blog

Delaware State Parks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr

Delaware Watersheds on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr

E-Mail Lists and Newsletters

The Delaware State Parks e-Newsletter

Recreational Water Quality Monitoring (Send a blank e-mail to join)

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Updates (Send a blank e-mail to join)

DNREC Fisheries (Send a blank e-mail to join)

DNREC Wildlife (Send a blank e-mail to join)

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