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Gordons Pond Pavilion: The Gordons Pond Pavilion is only accessible by Ocean Drive Rehoboth Beach entrance.
Notice: The Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier is closed to the public until further notice. The all-wooden pier built during World War II has been closed due to its deteriorating pilings. Delaware State Parks is actively working towards repairs to allow for public access.

Cape Henlopen State Park, DE

Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Thu Jul 28 2016
155 site(s) found


The largest of the Delaware State Parks (over 7,000 acres) was in part the result of William Penn's 1682 declaration of this piece of coastal habitat to be for "the usages of the citizens of Lewes and Sussex County." During World War II this area was used by the military, constituting the harbor defenses known as Fort Miles. The military returned the first portions of this land to the Delaware State Park system in 1964, and completely by 1998. Today visitors can witness both the historical impact and the natural beauty that first moved William Penn to protect this area of the public. This dynamic coastal environment encompasses ocean and bay beaches, maritime forests, tidal salt marshes and the highest dune system between Cape Cod and the Outer Banks.

In addition to camping at the family campground visitors come to Cape Henlopen State Park year-round to enjoy the lifeguarded ocean swimming beaches, fishing from ocean beaches or the bayside Pier, extensive environmental and historical programming at the Seaside Nature Center and the Ft. Miles Historical Area, bird-watching, hiking, playground, biking, or playing a round on the popular disc golf course. The park also has facilities available for organized youth group camping as well as conference and meeting facilities.


Swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, bird watching, biking.


Nature Center and store, Bait and Tackle shop, food concession.

Nearby Attractions:

Historic Lewes, movie theater, waterpark, tax-free shoping, Delaware Seashore State Park, Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bath House
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Coin Laundry
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trail
  • Information Center
  • Interfaith Church Services
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayaking
  • Nature Program
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean Swimming
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycle Center
  • Showers
  • Surf Fishing
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Flush
  • Walking
Alerts and Important Information


RV Standard and Tent Camping

Water availability on campsites during the months of March and November is dependent on the weather. A frost-free spigot is available at the dump station. Call the Park Office at 302-645-8983 for more information.

Check-in: 1:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm

Only one vehicle per campsite will be assigned a pass allowing free entry in and out of the park. All other vehicles must park in the visitors parking area and are required to pay entrance fees when re-entering the park.

Any equipment changes from original reservation requirements must be approved through the park office prior to arrival. Equipment changes may result in the cancellation of your reservation.

In the case of a late arrival 24 hours or more please notify the park at 302-645-8983 or your reservation may be cancelled. Be respectful of those campers already set up.

  • You must be 18 or older to reserve a campsite. At least one member of the camping party must be 18 or older.
  • Quiet hours are: 10 P.M. - 7 A.M.
  • Chopping, cutting or otherwise damaging trees and vegetation in any way is strictly forbidden.
  • Keg beer is prohibited.
  • All motorhomes, trailers, vans and buses must be parked on pad.
  • No electrical hook-ups on any campsites.

By definition, Delaware State Park Campgrounds are family campgrounds. Group camping is prohibited in family campgrounds. Individuals are limited to two sites at any time. Those interested in group camping facilities are invited to call 302-644-5005.


Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM.

Visitors who vacate their cabin after 11:00 AM will be charged a $100.00 Late Fee.

You must call the park office before 3:30 pm on the day of arrival (302-645-8983) if you will be arriving late.

During the months of November and March, call the Park office on Fridays for late arrivals on weekends. 302-645-8983.

  • One person in the party must be 21 years or older and must remain with the party during the cabin stay. Identification may be required upon check-in.
  • A maximum of 6 people are allowed per cabin.
  • Pets are prohibited in the cabins and cabin area.
  • Cooking is prohibited inside the cabin
  • Smoking is prohibited inside the cabin.
  • Additional camping units (tents, pop-ups, RV's) are prohibited in the cabin areas.
  • One vehicle is allowed to park in the designated cabin parking area. Additional vehicles must park in the visitors parking lot located at the entrance to the campground and are required to pay entrance fees when re-entering the park.
  • Please leave the cabin clean. Trash dumpsters are provided at the bathhouses.
  • Please report any issues to the campground registrar or park office. You are responsible for any damages to the cabin that occurred during your stay or not reported promptly upon your arrival.

A one week minimum is required during Prime season. A 2 night minimum is required on weekends in shoulder seasons and a 3 night minimum is required on holiday weekends in shoulder seasons.

Delaware now requires a fishing license to cover both salt water and fresh water fishing. This includes recreational clamming and crabbing. The license may be purchased at agents authorized by the Division of Fish & Wildlife or at State Park offices. For more information call 302-739-9914 or visit Division of Fish & Wildlife

Rates: Please be advised, rates may vary for DE Residents vs. Non-Residents.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.76667, -75.09528
38°46'0"N, 75°5'43"W

15099 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE 19958

Ocean City, MD - 30 Miles
Rehoboth Beach, DE - 7 Miles
Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC/Philidelphia, PA 120 Miles

Traveling South on DE Route 1, follow signs to US Route 9 East. Turn left onto Dartmouth Road to stop sign. Turn left again onto Route 9 East, Freeman Highway, traveling approximately 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Cape Henlopen Drive. Park entrance is approximately 1 mile past the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Cape Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive
LEWES  DE  19958

Phone Number:

Project Office: (302)645-8983