DNREC Announces Beach Access Closures Due to Storm Damage

DOVER (May 26, 2022) … The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that multiple Delaware State Parks drive- and walk-on crossings will be closed this Memorial Day Weekend due widespread erosion along Delaware’s coastline sustained during a May 8 nor’easter.

Faithful Steward Crossing May 25, 2022 .. they don’t look too bad but in person they are steep and unnavigable

Unsafe drop-offs along the dunes where the crossings meet the beach necessitated the closures. Additionally, very little beach is available for drive-on surf fishing even during low tide at the closed locations.

May 26th looking north towards conquest
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As of Thursday, May 26, the following beach access points remain open:

The Point, Herring Point and Gordons Pond crossings at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The northernmost pedestrian crossing at The Point parking lot is also closed.

3Rs crossing at Delaware Seashore State Park.

North (York), Middle and South crossing at Fenwick Island State Park.


Key Box parking lot is open

Sept 2021 Bulldozer clearing sand from Faithful Steward Crossing in Delaware Seashore State park.

The following beach access points are closed:

Navy crossing at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Keybox, Conquest and Faithful Steward crossings (drive on) at Delaware Seashore State Park.


 The Conquest PARKING LOT and pedestrian crossings are also closed. (Key Box parking lot is open)

DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Section beach crew is working to reopen drive-on and pedestrian crossings along the coastline, including at other damaged beaches.

Delaware Walk On Surf Fishing Locations

DO NOT Drive Through The Wet Sand

Use The Beach Web Cams To Check Conditions


Reading The Beach To Surf Fish

Finding The Cuts

Learn To Fish The Inland Bay Marsh Banks

Faithful Steward Crossing May 25, 2022 .. they don’t look too bad but in person they are steep and unnavigable

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