It’s fee season in Delaware State Parks

It’s fee season in Delaware State Parks

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Delaware Breakwater East End Light on the inner wall of the harbor of safe refuge

DOVER (March 3, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware’s state parks that entrance fees are being collected through Nov.30, 2016.

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.

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 should deposit the daily fee in the self-registration envelopes provided at park entrances and place them in the designated secured drop boxes.

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When you walk up in the tower in Cape Henlopen State Park you never know what you are going to see on the ground. People make all kinds of images that can be seen from the tower … recognize this guy?

Annual passes are a convenient way to access the parks for the entire fee season. “For just $35, Delaware residents can enjoy unlimited park visits to get their children outdoors and to enjoy the parks with friends and family,” said Ray Bivens, Director of Delaware State Parks. “I’d want to thank all those who support our efforts to preserve and protect open space, improve services and expand recreational opportunities. As we celebrate the 65th anniversary of Delaware State Parks, it is truly the support of Delawareans and visitors to our state that has been the cornerstone of a wonderfully diverse parks system. “

There are several categories of passes. Annual park passes may be purchased online at destateparks.com, at all state park offices and at DNREC’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins building at 89 Kings Highway in Dover.

 

 

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Also …. just because there isn’t a guy in the booth doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay. There is a grey box known as an iron ranger that you use to pay for your parking.  Just fill out the envelope and drop it into the iron ranger, don’t forget to keep the numbered tab.  I don’t know why they call this an entrance fee, it is a parking fee.  If it were an entrance fee people on bikes and joggers would have to pay to access the parks, just sayin.

 

FEES ….  

Daily Entry Fees

Delaware Registered Vehicle Out-of-state Registered Vehicle
Inland Parks $4 per day $8 per day
Ocean Parks $5 per day $10 per day

Annual Pass Fees

Delaware Registered Vehicle Out-of-state Registered Vehicle
Annual Pass $35 $70
Senior Pass
62 years of age and over. The senior adult must be present in the vehicle when entering the park.
$18 $35
Senior Lifetime Pass
Delaware residents who are 65 years of age and over. The senior adult must be present in the vehicle when entering the park. Replacement fee is $10 — restrictions apply.
$65 N/A
Delaware Military Pass $17.50 N/A
Military Vehicle Pass N/A $35
Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran Pass $0
Assistance Program Pass $10 N/A
Replacement Fee for Annual Passes
(restrictions apply)
$5 $5

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