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Division of Parks and Recreation

The Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 20,000 acres in 16 state parks, manages state nature preserves, and monitors conservation easements protecting more than 4,000 acres of land. The division preserves cultural and historic resources, from a Civil War-era fort to elegant estates. And it provides a wide variety of recreational and educational opportunities for Delawareans and visitors. Find more information on state park programs and amenities at DEStateParks.com.


News From Delaware State Parks

  • DNREC Reminds Public Do Not Sled or Snowboard on Dunes January 3, 2022
     Those caught trespassing in dune areas restricted to the public could face fines upward of $100 from the DNREC Natural Resource Police.   The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reminds residents and visitors that sledding, snowboarding and other recreational activities are not allowed on Delaware’s sand dunes. Dunes contain fragile wildlife habitat […]
  • DNREC Adopts White Clay Creek State Park Master Plan After Significant Public Input December 16, 2021
    White Clay Creek State Park offers scenic and recreational open space among 3,689 acres and nearly 40 miles of trails in northern Delaware. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has adopted the White Clay Creek Master Plan after significant input from the public. The plan will provide a vision and a framework […]
  • 2022 Delaware State Parks Annual Pass, Surf Fishing Permit Sales Delayed December 1, 2021
    Annual passes are a convenient way to access the parks for the entire fee season from March 1 to Nov. 30. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today the sale of 2022 Delaware State Parks annual passes and surf fishing permits will be delayed due to nationwide supply chain disruptions. Due […]
  • DNREC’s Delaware State Parks, Zoo Waive Entry Fees Friday for #OptOutside Movement November 22, 2021
    Delaware State Parks has waived state park and zoo entry fees annually on Black Friday since 2015 as part of a the #OptOutside movement. The public is invited to enjoy free entry to Delaware’s state parks and zoo Friday, Nov. 26. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has waived state park and zoo […]

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