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A Guide to Kayaking Near Delaware Eastern Shore

Adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers, and guests looking to try something new, this guide to kayaking near Delaware Eastern Shore is just what you need. Delaware provides a unique paddling experience, opening your eyes to the spread of wildlife and nature within our bountiful coastline. Stay with us at Mansion Farm Inn for tranquility, but seek your next adventure not too far from the inn!

Where to Kayak

Cape Henlopen State Park

Cape Henlopen State Park offers a diverse paddling experience. Kayakers can explore the coastline or venture into tidal salt marshes. You can expect to encounter various wildlife, including shorebirds, ospreys, and horseshoe crabs.

This park has a ton of history, so watch for WWII observation towers, tall sandy dunes, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Check tide charts and weather forecasts to finalize your paddle plans.

Delaware Seashore State Park

In Delaware Seashore State Park, kayakers can navigate shallow bays and channels, observing coastal flora and fauna such as marsh grasses, diamondback terrapins, and migratory birds. From your boat seat, you’ll find dynamic coastal landscapes, secluded beaches, and prime birdwatching.

It’s essential to check tide charts and weather forecasts before setting out and to be prepared for potential wind and wave conditions. Consider bringing binoculars for birdwatching and waterproof gear for beach exploration.

Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island offers a peaceful paddling experience. Navigate the water to explore Little Assawoman Bay and a network of winding creeks. The environment boasts lush marsh vegetation and abundant birdlife.

If you’re a birder, you can easily check herons, egrets, and other coastal birds off your list. Some tremendous public access launching points include Holts Landing State Park and South Bethany Beach. Keep an eye on tide patterns to cruise easily at high tide.

Trap Pond State Park

If you visit Trap Pond State Park, prepare for a smooth glide through tranquil swamps surrounded by towering trees and serene waters. Float Terrapin Branch Water Trail beneath ancient cypress groves, home to various wildlife. Turtles and beavers call the water home, making fun travel companions along your route.

You can rent kayaks from the park office or bring your own to explore the marked water trail that circles the pond.

McCabe Nature Preserve

McCabe Nature Preserve is perfect for paddlers looking for a secluded natural oasis to explore narrow waterways bordered by dense forests. The preserve is easily accessible from the Broadkill River, which can sometimes be tricky to navigate.

Shallow water and submerged obstacles provide a healthy challenge for experienced kayakers. Forest inhabitants and tranquil wooded scenery make for a peaceful trip.

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Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Explore Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge’s expansive salt marshes and tidal creeks. The refuge is packed with abundant birdlife, making this the perfect destination for outdoor lovers and birders.

Follow along with a map and paddle guide from the visitor center, and remember to be mindful of seasonal closures and wildlife protection zones. We love to keep our natural wildlands wild!

Broadkill River

Embark on a journey down the Broadkill River, taking your right through the heart of Milton. Launch from Milton Memorial Park or other access points further along the river, depending on the sights you wish to see: marshes, woodlands, and scenic vistas dot the bank. Keep an eye out for a bald eagle or two, along with other riverine wildlife.

After your float, stop back into town to grab a drink and a meal to commemorate your trip.

Rentals and Tours

Are you planning to stay at Mansion Farm Inn and want to go kayaking? Local companies in Milton and Lewes offer plenty of options for renting gear.

  • Quest Adventures was the first kayak and stand-up paddleboard company in Lewes. They are an excellent rental option and an even better tour choice if you aren’t familiar with the water but wish to learn. Rentals range from $30 to $200, depending on the length of time you want to rent.
  • For experienced paddlers, Delaware Paddlesports provides a range of kayaks that can be used for any ride you want. Fishing, pedal, tandem, and surf kayaks are all available for rent. They also provide excellent recommendations and tips, no matter the skill level.
  • And if you’re craving more time out on open water, take a tour on the Cape May Ferry. Hopefully, your sea legs will be well-prepped!

Kayaking Events

Locals and guests look forward to the Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak Race annually in Milton, Delaware. As part of Bargains on the Broadkill—one of the most fun community gatherings, the Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak Race packs immense energy and thrills.

Plan to spend your day perusing the marketplace, sticking around for the race, and ending the night at the sunset concert. Celebrating the heart of Milton, the Broadkill River, is a tradition we encourage all our guests to experience at least once!

Trip Accommodations

Mansion Farm Inn is an ideal location for watersport lovers to stay. This guide to kayaking near Delaware Eastern Shore is just what you need for a fix of adrenaline or relaxation. Being out on open water or swirling streams can’t be beat in Delaware!

You also can’t beat the state of chill you’ll find in one of our tranquil and historic rooms. Book today for an escape to the coastal countryside you’ll fall in love with!

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