The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation reminded visitors to Delaware’s state parks that entrance fees are back in effect, being collected through Nov. 30.
Revenue generated from park entrance fees is used to manage 16 state parks and more than 26,000 acres of state park lands. Delaware’s state parks are primarily self-funded, with 65 percent of revenue to operate and maintain the parks generated by park users. The revenue is used for trail maintenance, environmental and recreational programs, visitor amenities, guarded beaches, management of campgrounds, cabins and more.
The entrance fees remain unchanged from 2016. However, the annual pass has a new look. For the first time, the passes will adhere to the outside of the windshield, as tinted windows made it challenging for fee booth attendants and park rangers to see passes.
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 can 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.
For individuals ages 62 and older with Delaware license plates, annual passes cost $18. Seniors with an out-of-state registered vehicle pay $35. A $65 Lifetime Pass is available for Delawareans ages 65 and older. Reduced rates also are offered to Delawareans who receive public assistance, 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 destateparks.com for further information and requirements.
In addition, the new Corporate Pass program will offer participating businesses, nonprofits and other groups discounted annual passes for their employees. For information or to purchase corporate passes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vehicle entrance fees are charged at the following state parks: Alapocas Run, Bellevue, Brandywine Creek, Cape Henlopen, Beach Plum Island Nature Preserve, Delaware Seashore, Fenwick Island, Fort DuPont, Fox Point, Holts Landing, Killens Pond, Lums Pond, Trap Pond, and White Clay Creek. The Brandywine Zoo and Fort Delaware charge individual fees to enter the zoo and ride the ferry to Fort Delaware.
Parks officials reminded 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 at destateparks.com, at all park offices, at DNREC’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and at the following six retail locations:
In New Castle County: Eastern Marine, 931 S. Chapel St. Newark. Annual passes and surf-fishing vehicle permits. 737-6603.
In Kent County:
— Carlisle’s Marine Inc. 49 Artisan Drive, Smyrna. Annual passes and surf-fishing vehicle permits. 389-0100.
— Military personnel only: Dover Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation, 475 Chevron Ave., Dover AFB. Annual passes and surf-fishing vehicle permits. 677-5553 .
In Sussex County:
— Rehoboth/Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, 501 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. Annual passes. 227-2233.
— Sam’s Fishing & Tackle, 14260 Teatown Road, Greenwood. Annual passes and surf-fishing vehicle permits. 424-0197.
— That Place, 30618 Millsboro Highway, Millsboro. Annual passes and surf-fishing vehicle permits. 934-9260.
For information, visit destateparks.com/fees/passes/index.asp.