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

Fishing 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 numerous ponds, streams, rivers, 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 (también disponible en español) provides more information, including information on the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 28 tidal fishing and boating access sites, 11 artificial reef sites, and 39 freshwater ponds accessible to the public.

Other resources for anglers:

The Delaware Fishing Report

How to Buy a Fishing License

Hunting and Fishing License Agent Information

Frequently Asked Questions About Fishing Licenses

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

The Youth Fishing Programs

The Indian River Marina Fishing Report (Delaware State Parks)

Detailed information on Delaware Public Fishing Ponds

Fishing and Boating Access Areas

Recreational Fishing Sizes, Seasons, and Creel Limits

Go Hunting

The Division of Fish and Wildlife manages over 62,000 acres of Delaware land at 19 public wildlife areas that provide hunting opportunities as well as habitat for a variety of species. Much of this land, and many acres of private land, provide hunting during a number of seasons. More information is found in the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Other resources for hunters:

Information for Hunters

Information about the new Conservation Access Pass

How to Buy a Hunting License

Hunting and Fishing License Agent Information

Operation Game Theft

Wildlife Area Hunting Maps and Regulations

Sunday Deer Hunting

Pistol-Caliber Rifles for Deer Hunting

Hunter Education Program

Delaware Master Hunter Program

Delaware’s State Shooting Ranges

Delaware’s White-Tailed Deer

Cover of the 2023/2024 Delaware Hunting and Trapping guide.

Get Out and Enjoy Nature

There’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

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Important Phone Numbers

To make illegal hunting and fishing complaints, contact the Fish and 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 and Grants Management Section: 302-739-9918

For information about boat registration, boat ramp certificates and commercial fisheries, contact the Boating Registration office: 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 (7 DE Admin. Code 9201)

Regulations Governing Natural Areas and Nature Preserves (7 DE Admin. Code 9202)

Boating (7 DE Admin. Code 3100)

Horseshoe Crab Regulations (7 DE Admin. Code 3200)

Tidal Finfish (7 DE Admin. Code 3500)

Non-Tidal Finfish (7 DE Admin. Code 3300)

Shellfish (7 DE Admin. Code 3700)

Shellfish Aquaculture (7 DE Admin. Code 3800)

Wildlife (7 DE Admin. Code 3900)

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