Park Enhancements  Campground Closures

Camping at Delaware Seashore State Park Will Be Limited During Indian River Inlet Bridge Construction

With construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge through Delaware Seashore State Park starting, the Division of Parks and Recreation is alerting campers to changes this will mean for the park's popular beach, campgrounds, and day use parking.

The North Overflow Campground and Day Use Parking and the Southside Old Camp will be closed for the duration of the project (approximately four years). This takes 289 camp sites out of use.

The park's Southside New Camp, which has 145 sites, will remain open, but campers must be prepared for construction noise and dust.

"Camping is a big part of the Delaware Seashore State Park experience and we know losing so many camp sites, even temporarily, is going to leave some people disappointed," said Division Director Charles A. Salkin. "The silver lining is that we will be making some much-needed improvements during the closure."

Once the park enhancements are complete, the North Overflow Campground, which has been for self-contained units only, will get two-point hook-ups, a laundry building and a bathhouse with outside showers. Anglers will have access to the shoreline, and for walkers, bicyclists and birdwatchers, there will be a waterfront promenade and trail extending to nearby Burton's Island. Improvements to the Southside Old Camp will include relocating the county road that now splits the campground in half and a DART bus stop for use by campers.

The park office will be relocated a mile and a half north on Route 1 next to the Indian River Inlet Lifesaving Station.

The Southside New Camp, which is open with full service from March 1 through November 30 and limited service year-round, has three-point hookup, showers, laundry facilities, and ice and soda vending machines.

Reservations can be made on the Delaware State Parks This page will open in a new window website or by calling the Reservation Telephone Line at 877.987.2757.

February 11, 2005
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Division on Parks and Recreation
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