Indian River Inlet Bridge - Delaware Seashore State Park Improvements


Camping at Delaware Seashore State Park Will Continue To Be Limited During Construction of Park Enhancements

As the Park Enhancement Contract for the Delaware Seashore State Park gets underway in mid-2012 (following the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge), the Division of Parks and Recreation would like to alert campers/visitors to the continued limitations for the park's popular beach, campgrounds, and day use parking.

The North Overflow Campground and the Southside Old Camp will remain closed for the duration of the project (until late 2013). This means the 289 camp sites that have been affected by the ongoing construction will remain out of use for the duration of the project. The current North Day-Use parking area will remain open throughout the project.

The park's Southside New Camp, which has 145 sites, will remain open, but campers should 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 historically been used for self-contained units only, will get 82 two-point hook-up sites, a shower building, 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 very popular oceanside bathhouse parking lot will be expanded to accommodate additional vehicles.

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 website or by calling the Reservation Telephone Line at 877.987.2757. For more information about the Park Enhancement Project, please contact DelDOT at 302.760.2080.