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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 to Have One Ton of Plastic Bags Made into Benches April 15, 2021
    In honor of Earth Month, Gov. John Carney joined Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin on April 15 to tour the facility where Delaware State Parks will have 15 benches made from excess plastic bags. In 2020, the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation converted its plastic carry-in carry-out bags at […]
  • DNREC to Issue Surf Fishing Permit Vouchers April 14 April 9, 2021
    In response to the eighth modification to the COVID-19 emergency order, issued by Gov. John Carney on March 29, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will issue up to 1,000 additional one-year surf fishing permits for 2021, with a special voucher distribution Wednesday, April 14. Those who wish to purchase one of […]
  • DNREC to Issue 1,000 Additional Surf-Fishing Permits March 29, 2021
    Special Off-Peak Permit Pilot Program to Cast Off in Late May In response to the eighth modification to the COVID-19 emergency order, issued by Gov. John Carney on March 29, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will issue up to 1,000 additional one-year Surf-Fishing Permits for 2021. Those who wish to purchase […]
  • DNREC Reminds Public That The Point at Cape Henlopen is Closed for 2021 Beach Nesting Season March 5, 2021
    The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reminds the public that The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean and bay beach, is now closed. Since 1993, The Point has closed annually each March for the benefit of threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping […]

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