Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Delaware State Parks closures ahead of expected severe weather, Hurricane Joaquin
arrival include campgrounds at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Trap Pond
DOVER (Oct. 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has begun notifying campers at Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park (Indian River Inlet) and Trap Pond State Park near Laurel that campgrounds in the three parks will close at 8 a.m. Friday because of severe weather expected ahead of the possible arrival of Hurricane Joaquin.
Campers currently in the campgrounds attached to each of the parks will be given the opportunity to relocate to an inland state park campground at Killens Pond near Felton or Lums Pond in Bear, Del.
Any park guests who are en route to or who have already checked into cabins at Cape Henlopen or the cottages at the Indian River Marina will be allowed to stay. Cabins at Trap Pond State Park will be closed.
Day use areas in each park will remain open until further notice, and Division of Parks & Recreation Director Ray Bivens said that the three affected park campgrounds will be reassessed Monday morning for possible reopening, depending on the track of Hurricane Joaquin.
All surf-fishing crossings at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island state parks will be closed through the weekend. Beach conditions for surf-fishing access will be reevaluated next early week.
All Division of Fish & Wildlife state wildlife areas also will be open during normal hours for each respective wildlife area.
Vol. 45, No. 333