The Point Tour 2021
Today the point opened in Cape Henlopen state park.
The point looks great, a pristine example of a primitive beachscape in Delaware. The oceanside beach on the way to the point is wide. Compared to last year, there is a lot more sand there. Easier driving out there too, especially when the sand hasn’t been torn up all summer. Wind, rain and wave action has done well layering and packing the sand. If everyone would air down and not “cowboy” the sand will stay packed rather well. I’m going to show you some of the spots, but you will have to go see the whole point yourself.
The point still has her same “cape” shape. The water moves across and around the end like a washing machine. The bait fish were plentiful. The dolphins were feeding in a frenzy for a solid hour. Making fishing impossible, well catching. Which was fine I wanted to see how the rest of the point looked.
The beach from the point ocean side to the bayside “point” or rip area is a nice long stretch with just one small “dent” or cove like area. Nothing like years past. The last stretch of that beach is scalloped along the surf line and there is a small ledge of sand from the last storm surge. That extends to the oceanside point. That will all flatten out soon. The usual swales on the point aren’t formed but you can see they were there at one point.
The bayside of the point to the “bird fence” is a nice stretch. The tidal areas that fill in at high tide make the beach skinny. Just be careful at high tide and even after the tide recedes. That sand will hold water and be soft for awhile. Vehicles can sink quick on that sand. I probably saw a dozen plus sunglasses, and other assorted trash items. All in all the beach was not as bad as I thought or usually is when it first opens.
There aren’t any real driving hazards, except the water areas (swales or tide pools) at high tide on the bayside at the bird fence. Some of the point swales are still there but small, a storm will dig those out at some point.
Heads up though, on your way out after the entrance and just past the last walk on path. Along the main dune line of the ocean beach. The fin whale that was stranded at the point was buried there. It is close enough to the dune base, I don’t think anyone will be driving across that spot. No one wants to get stuck in dead whale.
Ocean side is not like the year the beach was so skinny at high tide, getting out was tricky. Overall the point looks fantastic.
There isn’t a beach like this, I love this spot. The views, wildlife, boats, and of course the surf fishing. I took some amazing shots of birds, boats and the obligatory lighthouse shots. Never seen that many brown pelicans in one spot, had to be well over a hundred. Baitfish were thick along the entire beach. The exposed sand and stones during tide shifts, will produce ample sea glass. Despite the crowds I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m really looking forward to the next two months of constant surf fishing on all of our beaches. Surf fishing the point is different due to the many options.
Now let’s surf fish, we have all this room now!