Fort Dupont State Park
Parking: Boaters may park in the lot adjacent to boat ramp. There is no fee for boaters to park. Visitors who want to engage in other recreational activities may park in the lot at the end of Wilmington Avenue. Fee season in effect March 1-Nov. 30. Self-service box at parking lot to pay fee or use annual permit.
Fort DuPont State Park is home to a former military base from the Civil War through WWII. It's located just south of Delaware City off Del. 9. The park features more than 300 acres along the scenic Delaware River and the C&D Canal. The park provides opportunities for recreation including picnicking, boating, fishing and hiking, as well as tennis and basketball courts. The boat ramp is at the northeast corner of the park.
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-sunset daily, year round
Seasonal Hours: The boat ramp is open all year, but docks are pulled out in November and are not put back in the water until February or March.
Best Time to Visit: The park is beautiful during all seasons.
Best Known For: A great place to spot the many varieties and heron and egrets that nest on Pea Patch Island and feed on the mai land at Thousand Acre Marsh. Bald eagles and osprey are all prevalent. These birds may be viewed by land as well as by water.
Special Equipment: Boaters are welcome to use the boat ramp. The park does not provide rental boats. Some rental boats are available at the Delaware City Marina.
Special Instructions: Boats registered in Delaware do not need a ramp sticker. Boats registered out of state do need a ramp sticker. Docking at or accessing Pea Patch Island is prohibited by private boat.
|Enjoy the tidal marsh vistas and the many birding opportunities along the Port Penn Trail.|
|Launch a kayak and explore the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.|
- Hours: 8:00am-sunset daily, year round