Delaware Seashore State Park offers eco-tours by kayak through mid-August

Preregistration is recommended; tours fill up fast
Kayaking tours take place starting at 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, and will continue through mid-August. SOURCE SUBMITTED
June 19, 2013

The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park will again be offering kayak eco-tours through the salt marshes of Rehoboth Bay this summer. This year, however, in addition to learning about the ecology of the Inland Bays, participants will get a taste of local history along the way.

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Tours are offered Wednesdays through Saturdays through mid-August. starting at 9:30 a.m. Participants will meet at Savages Ditch Road where they will launch their kayaks into a section of Rehoboth Bay known as Station Cove. Along the way, park interpreters will discuss the history behind this name, as well as identify the birds, plants and marine life that call the salt marsh home.

The fee for this program is $35 per person, and participants must be at least 13 years old. Closed-toe shoes, drinking water and sun protection are required. Preregistration is required as space is limited.

For those looking to get out on the water this summer, the staff of Delaware Seashore State Park will be kicking off this summer’s Pontoon Boat Tours Thursday, July 4. These tours will operate out of the Indian River Marina every Thursday until Aug. 15.

Park visitors will have a choice between the Inland Bays Explorer tour and the Rehoboth Bay Sightseeing Tour. The Inland Bays Explorer departs at 10 a.m. and lasts two hours. This tour is a great activity for families with children of all ages. Participants will learn about the history and ecology of Delaware’s Inland Bays, set out a crab trap, and conduct real, hands-on water quality tests. There will also be a touch tank that will allow kids to touch and observe various plants and fish typically found along the coast.

For those who want to just sit back and relax, the Rehoboth Bay Sightseeing Tour departs at 1 p.m. and lasts an hour and a half. This tour will take participants through Massey’s Ditch, around Rehoboth Bay and finish with an up-close look at Burton Island Nature Preserve before returning to the marina. A park naturalist will be present to point out various landmarks and identify wildlife along the way.

The fee for the Inland Bays Explorer is $20 per person, and the Rehoboth Bay Sightseeing Tour is $19 per person. Preregistration is strongly recommended as these tours fill up fast.

To reserve a spot for any tour, call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991. For more information on these or other programs go to