Del. State Parks Hosts Fall Family Campouts

September 16, 2013 by · Comments Off on Del. State Parks Hosts Fall Family Campouts 

Delaware Outdoor Family, in conjunction with the Children In Nature Initiative, will provide three campouts this fall to finish off Delaware State Parks’ first year of overnight family camping programs. The programs are geared toward sparking families’ interest in spending time outdoors.

Delaware Outdoor Family provides overnight camping trips guided by park staff, giving families an opportunity to get outdoors and experience our state parks in a new way. Programs include activities that daytime park visitors don’t get to experience, including beach campfires and nighttime astronomy.

The three campouts will be held on three upcoming weekends:

  • The Brandywine Creek State Park campout in Wilmington, on Sept. 21-22 will teach camping basics and offer a hayride through the park.
  • Bellevue State Park, Wilmington, will highlight tent-building and fire-starting, as well as star-gazing and hiking on Oct. 5-6.
  • Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach, will teach basic camping skills, outdoor cooking and offer the rare opportunity for families to enjoy a campfire on the beach on Oct. 19 and 20.

Camping can seem like a challenge for busy parents, but the experience of sleeping under the stars is meaningful for kids and adults alike. When families spend time together outdoors, children are more likely to feel a strong personal connection with nature.

Details are available in the Delaware State Parks’ 2013 Fall/Winter Guide. Additional daytime Outdoor Family opportunities are marked throughout the guide, including an Introduction to Rock Climbing in Wilmington and the Geocaching Treasure Hunt at Cape Henlopen. Information is also available at


Delaware State Park Unveils 5 New Zip Lines

July 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on Delaware State Park Unveils 5 New Zip Lines 

A view of one of the five new zip lines in service at Lum’s Pond State Park in northern Delaware.

The new Go Ape Treetop Adventure at Lums Pond State Park in northern Delaware is the first zip line treetop adventure course in a state park on the East Coast, the first treetop adventure course in Delaware and Go Ape’s first partnership with a state park, according to a Delaware Department of Natural resources and Environmental Conservation (DNREC) news release.

Under the public/private partnership, Go Ape and DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation are offering Delawareans this unique outdoor adventure.

“This is a first for Delaware and I’m delighted Go Ape decided to locate at beautiful Lums Pond State Park,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “This regional attraction will benefit Delaware tourism and our local businesses by drawing nearby visitors and people from surrounding states. That’s a boon for our tourism economy and for Lums Pond State Park. It’s a fun and healthy adventure and another great reason to get outside in Delaware this summer.”

Go Ape is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the trees. The course at Lums Pond State Park will provide visitors with two to three hours of outdoor fun and exercise while they navigate more than 40 obstacles situated in the treetops of the park.

“We are so excited to come to Delaware and bring with us some of the longest zip lines Go Ape has anywhere in the U.S.,” said Dan D’Agostino, USA managing director for Go Ape. “Because of its water features, Lums Pond State Park is the perfect location to create the first zip lines to cross a body of water in a state park.”

The course spans seven acres and features five zip lines, four of which will fly participants over Lums Pond. Also included are two Tarzan swings and a series of rope ladders, bridges, swings and trapezes, many with views of the pond.

Click here to read the entire news release.

Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds

May 8, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds 


From The Sussex Countian, Georgetown:

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks and Recreation has created the program Delaware Outdoor Family in conjunction with the Children In Nature/No Child Left Inside initiative.

Delaware Outdoor Family will provide overnight camping trips guided by park staff, giving families an opportunity to get outdoors and experience state parks in a new way. Programs will include activities that daytime park visitors don’t get to experience, including beach campfires and nighttime astronomy.

For 2013, campouts are scheduled at Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach. See the Delaware state parks’ 2013 Summer Guide at for more information.

The Delaware Outdoor Family program promotes the mission of Children In Nature/No Child Left Inside, which is based on creating new opportunities to connect families in nature.


From The Associated Press:

The state Department of Natural Resources said the campground at Emerson Bay State Recreation Area on the southwest shore of West Okoboji Lake will remain closed until the grass has been established throughout the area. The closure will affect Memorial Day weekend.

Officials said opening the campground now could cause erosion and damage landscaping from a $600,000 renovation. Officials closed the campground in June 2012 for work that included removing trees and brush and installing new electrical lines.

“We are concerned about erosion and runoff into the lake and if we allow visitors and campers into the campground before grass is established, then we will likely be fighting erosion issues all summer long,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau, in a statement.

The campground will be reassessed in June. Officials haven’t decided if the campground will be open for the July Fourth holiday.

Szcodronski said the weather, which included severe drought last year and snow in May, has not helped officials with the seeding process.

“Emerson Bay is among our most popular campgrounds in state parks,” Szcodronski added in his statement. “We want to get it open but cannot sacrifice the work that has gone in to this project nor the lake’s water quality in the name of expediency.”


From The Pocono Record:

State police said Kenneth Dale Schiff, 49, of Somerset, N.J., placed hidden cameras in the unisex shower at Otter Lake Campground in Marshalls Creek.

The cameras were discovered in the shower stalls last Aug. 18, and the investigation led to Schiff, police said. Police learned Schiff was at the campground Friday, went there and interviewed him, but did not arrest him.

Police plan to mail Schiff a summons to appear in district court on the misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy. Schiff will appear before Marshalls Creek Magisterial District Judge Brian Germano at a future date.


From the News Tribune, LaSalle:

Several trails at Starved Rock State Park reopened over the weekend, but the staff and cleanup contractors are not yet done fighting back from the flood of 2013.

This week, the Department of Natural Resources is trying to reopen the west entrance road from Route 178 to Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center, and crews are working to move the mud and debris off of the riverside picnic area road that leads to the boat ramp.

In addition to water from flooding of the Illinois River from the north, the lower entrance road to the park suffered damage from the south side from flash flooding from more than 5 inches of rain and heavy downpours on April 18.

Click here to read the entire story.



‘Mother Nature’ Appears in Camping Promo

January 31, 2013 by · Comments Off on ‘Mother Nature’ Appears in Camping Promo 

Mother Nature

Delaware State Parks has crafted a creative promotion to lure campers to state parks over the winter.

In a website promotion depicting Mother Nature as a senior citizen donning a leather jacket, the parks challenge readers to “take her on.”

The website touts: Mother Nature doesn’t close up shop just because it gets a little cold out. She just puts on a different show – one that includes abundant wildlife, crisp, clear weather, and bragging rights for anyone tough enough to stand up to her. This winter, duke it out with the old gal at half off the full-season price, courtesy of Delaware State Parks. And if you don’t tell anyone that your cabin includes an efficiency kitchen with an eating area, bedroom, bath with shower, and, yes, heat, we won’t spill the beans, either.

Half-Price campsites, cabins and yurts are available at Killens Pond and Lums Pond state parks.

Get out and discover a new side of Delaware State Parks – the part that’s loaded with unique winter fun, without all the tourists. After all, Mother Nature doesn’t stay cooped up indoors all winter – why should you?

Click here to read more about the promotion.


Delaware State Parks Push Weekday Camping

July 8, 2011 by · Comments Off on Delaware State Parks Push Weekday Camping 

The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation has announced SummerSun, a new campground program at state park campgrounds throughout Delaware.

Campers who stay for a minimum of two weekday nights will receive coupons for a free two-hour boat rental at select state parks, and either free entrance to the Killens Pond Water Park or ferry tickets to Fort Delaware State Park, according to a news release.

The promotion applies to stays Monday through Thursday at Trap Pond in Laurel, Killens Pond in Felton or Lums Pond in Bear. All of the campgrounds provide drinking water outlets, modern shower and sanitary facilities and sewage dumping stations. Campsites are equipped with a picnic table and may include a fire ring. Many have electric and water hookups.

The campgrounds also offer family programs for campers. More information about SummerSun is available at

Delaware Campsites Sold Out for Holiday Weekend

May 27, 2010 by · Comments Off on Delaware Campsites Sold Out for Holiday Weekend 

For a weekday, Rehoboth Beach was crowded on Wednesday (May 26), mostly with day-trippers, families with young children and high school seniors who were counting the days to graduation.

It’s been a familiar scene lately, according to The News Journal.

So many people have been visiting Rehoboth — inspired by good weekend weather — that the Ice Cream Store, just off the boardwalk on Rehoboth Avenue, “made a summertime day” in sales Wednesday, according to store manager Autum Atkins.

“I think we’re going to be busier” than last summer, she added.

Innkeepers, business owners and tourism officials also expect large crowds at Delaware’s beaches this weekend, as travelers appear more confident about the economy and forecasters are calling for sun and temperatures in the low 80s. They’re also expressing confidence that the overall summer season will recover somewhat from last year’s slump.

The same is true at Delaware state parks, where campsites are sold out this weekend.

“It will certainly be a busy weekend, from everything I gather,” said Scott Thomas, executive director of Southern Delaware Tourism, the convention and visitors bureau for Sussex County.

The sunny skies also seem to be motivating more people to visit the beach earlier this year. And to welcome them, Rehoboth is sporting a newly refurbished boardwalk, complete with upgrades like standing showers.

“Last weekend, you would have thought it was a holiday weekend. The town was unusually crowded,” said Andy Dorosky, owner of the Royal Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast on Baltimore Avenue. “Everybody’s really looking for a good summer.”

Cheryl Blackman, a longtime Rehoboth Beach resident, believes the area is staying busy longer and longer.

“It’s getting to be a year-round thing,” she said.

Hotel operators reported getting reservations earlier this year compared to last year — an “encouraging sign” that travelers are more confident about the economy, Thomas said.

Campground Revenue Up 20% in Delaware Parks

June 19, 2009 by · Comments Off on Campground Revenue Up 20% in Delaware Parks 

Delaware state parks officials say campsites are filling up quickly and sites at two parks are nearly booked for the remainder of the summer. 

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials say camping revenue from state parks in the beginning of June jumped nearly $28,000, or about 20%, compared to the same time last year, according to 

The state offers camping facilities at Lums Pond, Killens Pond, Trap Pond, Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore State Parks. 

Officials say Seashore and Cape Henlopen have only a few openings left until Labor Day, but there are plenty of reservations available at Trap Pond near Laurel.