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Delaware State Park Dog Information

Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation

89 Kings Highway

Dover, DE 19901

(302) 739-9220

Delaware State Park Pet Policy



Delaware State Parks is pleased to welcome you and your pet to enjoy the great outdoors together. While in the park, a dog or cat pose a real danger to wildlife and may disturb other visitors. In order to help keep our parks open to pets, responsible pet ownership is the key.

* All pets must adhere to the appropriate licensing and vaccination requirements.

* While in the park, your pet must be leashed (not to exceed 6 feet) and under your control except while:


- In designated off-leash areas. Off-leash areas are available in Lums Pond State Park, and Rockford and Brandywine Parks only. 
- Actively training for hunting in designated dog-training areas.
- Hunting with the appropriate permit.

* Honor all park signs that prohibit the entry of pets in specific areas.

* Guide dogs are permitted in all pedestrian areas.

* You must clean up after your pet. Please use the "doggie dooleys" (waste composting receptacles) where available.

* Never leave pets unattended, even in your vehicle or camper. This is especially true in the summer when the inside temperature of vehicles can become life threatening. Park Rangers are authorized to break into vehicles in order to rescue an animal in distress.

* Horses are only permitted on trails and beaches designated for riding.

* Special regulations apply to unusual or exotic pets. Please call (302) 739-9220 for information.


Please call (302) 739-9220 for more information about bringing your pet to a state park.

These areas are closed to pets year round:

* Picnic areas
* Nature trails
* Bird nesting areas
* Park buildings
* Brandywine Zoo



Delaware State Park Pet Policy - Pets on the Beach



Pets are allowed in our seashore parks, but Delaware State Law prohibits them from all swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1 to September 30. Park rules and regulations also restrict pets from areas such as surfboarding & sailboarding beaches and shorebird nesting areas. Pets must be leashed at all times in our seashore parks.


Beach Access

The sandy dunes found along the coast are very fragile and are protected by law. To access beaches open to pets, use the pedestrian crossings located at designated parking areas. Pets are not permitted on bathhouse boardwalks. At Gordon's Pond and Fenwick Island, access is limited to the pedestrian dune crossing located at the northern end of the parking lot. Horses may only access the beach using designated pedestrian or surf fishing vehicle crossings and are only permitted within designated surf fishing vehicle areas.

Boundary markers for areas open or closed to pets will typically be designated by signs posted at the seaward toe of the dune. The signs will be located at the extreme boundaries of the closed areas, unless affected by adverse tidal conditions.
Please contact the park office or a park ranger if you have any questions regarding access to specific areas.



Delaware State Park Pet Policy - Camping



While in the campground, no excessive barking, especially during "quiet time" (10 p.m to 7 a.m.), will be permitted. Never leave your pet unattended either outside or inside a camping unit. The leash law will be enforced at the campgrounds. Please don't forget you are required to clean up after your pet.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a courtesy only. The governing agency may have updated policies not reflected by information provided here. We recommend you verify current pet policies with the relevant governing agency prior to your visit. strives to ensure correct information is provided. Please notify us at if you have updated information.

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