State park fee season to go into effect on March 1

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks and Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware’s state parks that 2019 entrance fees will be in effect starting Friday, March 1, and will last through Nov. 30.

Revenue generated from park entrance fees is used to manage 17 state parks and more than 26,000 acres of state park lands. Park users generate 65 percent of the revenue utilized to operate and maintain the parks.

The revenue is used for trail maintenance, environmental and recreational programs, visitor amenities, guarded beaches, management of campgrounds, cabins and more.

Daily park entrance fees for vehicles registered in Delaware are $4 at inland parks and $5 at ocean parks. Fees for out-of-state vehicles are $8 at inland parks and $10 at ocean parks.

Where fee attendants are not on duty, visitors should deposit the daily fee in the self-registration envelopes provided at park entrances and place them in the designated secured drop boxes.

Annual passes are a convenient way to access the parks for the entire fee season. A Delaware resident annual pass costs $35 and Delaware residents 62 and older will receive a discounted rate of $18. A $65 lifetime pass is available for Delawareans 65 and older.

Reduced rates are also offered to Delawareans who receive public assistance or who are active duty military or veterans.

Active duty military personnel with an out-of-state license plate can purchase an annual pass at the in-state rate.

Visit www.destateparks.com for further information and requirements.

In addition, the corporate and group pass program offers participating businesses, nonprofits and other groups discounted annual passes. For more information on corporate and group passes visit www.destateparks.com/GroupPass.

Parks officials remind customers that annual passes and surf fishing permits can be purchased online to save time when they visit a park during fee season.

Annual park passes may be purchased online at www.destateparks.com, at all park offices, at DNREC’s main office in the Richardson and Robbins building at 89 Kings Highway in Dover and at seven retail locations.

For more information, visit www.destateparks.com/Know/PassesTagsFees.

The Point at Cape Henlopen to close for beachnesting season

LEWES — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks and Recreation on Friday that the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning Friday, March 1.

The closure is for the benefit of threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knots, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.

The nesting habitat on the ocean side will reopen Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter.

DNREC’s Divisions of Parks and Recreation, Fish and Wildlife, and Watershed Stewardship have been working together since 1990 to implement a management plan to halt the decline of beachnester and migratory shorebird populations. The Point has been closed annually since 1993.

For more information, contact Cape Henlopen State Park at 302-645-8983.

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