DNREC to Reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park Sept. 1

Bayside Beach to Remain Closed for Shorebird Migration Through Oct. 1

Dover Sept 1 2022 … The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half-mile along the bay shoreline on Thursday, Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter.

The section is red is the closed bayside beach area. You can not walk this until October 1st.

The area to reopen includes a stretch of ocean beach and dunes that was previously closed on March 1. Since 1993, The Point has closed annually each March for the benefit of threatened and endangered beach-nesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.

Sailboats running around the lighthouse

The DNREC Divisions of Parks and Recreation, Fish and Wildlife, and Watershed Stewardship have worked together since 1990 to implement a management plan to halt the decline of beach-nester and migratory shorebird populations. For more information, contact Cape Henlopen State Park at 302-645-8983, or stop by the park office.

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