Trap Pond State Park
Top 5 Delaware Waterways
In Delaware, watersport adventurers have a lot to choose from. Maybe you’ll decide to spend the day paddleboarding, kayaking or jet-skiing on the beautiful Inland Bays of Delaware. Maybe you’ll find your fit on a kayak or tubing trip down such scenic waterways as the Brandywine River. Or you might prefer to combine your waterborne adventures with some fishing and hiking in one of Delaware’s activity-rich state parks.
Whatever you decide, it’s certain that the waterways of Delaware provide some of the most affordable and scenic pathways to appreciating Delaware’s coastal beauty. Here are some of our favorites -- for more watersport adventures, be sure to explore the Delaware Outdoor Trail.
Brandywine Creek: Meandering through the heart of Delaware’s mansion-filled “Chateau Country,” the Brandywine offers a beautiful setting for outdoor adventures. “Tubing” excursions and canoe trips down the river offer more immersive opportunities for fun.
Chesapeake & Delaware Canal: Delaware’s biggest man-made waterway is a popular destination for all persuasions of boaters, and offers a system of roads and trails for further exploration. Kayakers and canoeists can launch at Fort DuPont State Park, which offers picnicking, fishing, and hiking. From here, the canal stretches 14 miles into Maryland, featuring restaurants and marinas along the way.
St. Jones River: This stream meanders from the state capital in Dover to Bowers Beach, a scenic town tucked amid natural beauty along the Delaware Bay. Boats can be launched at the St. Jones River Boat Ramp, and as you paddle, you’ll pass through the Little Creek and Ted Harvey Wildlife Areas. For lunch, head back to Dover, which boasts plentiful local favorites.
Trap Pond State Park: Boating among the stands of bald cypress trees is an unforgettable experience. Rowboats, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent during the summer, when the park interpreter hosts narrated pontoon boat tours on weekends and holidays.
Lums Pond State Park: Boating and fishing are just the beginning at Lums Pond, which features affordable rentals of canoes, kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boats through Labor Day. There’s also biking trails, horseback riding and camping, and outdoor thrillseekers have probably never experienced anything like Delaware's Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, a tarzan-esque climbing challenge.