The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half-mile along the bay shoreline, on Friday, Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Sunday, Oct. 1, for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter.
The area to reopen includes a stretch of ocean beach and dunes that closed on March 1. Since 1993, The Point has closed annually each March for the benefit of threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knots, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.
The DNREC Divisions of Parks and Recreation, Fish and Wildlife, and Watershed Stewardship have worked together since 1990 to implement a management plan to increase beachnester and migratory shorebird populations. For more information, contact Cape Henlopen State Park at 302-645-8983 or stop by the park office.