Delay on in-person purchases at Cape Henlopen State Park. Online sales start Nov. 25.
Passes will be available for purchase online beginning Nov. 25 at destateparks.com/AnnualPass, $35 for residents and $18 for residents age 62 and older.
In-person purchase of park passes at state parks starts Nov. 28.
The in-person sale of annual state park passes at Cape Henlopen State Park will be postponed due to the renovations. Once renovation of the park office is complete, 2017 pass and permit sales will resume at Cape Henlopen State Park.
Starting Nov. 28, passes and permits can be purchased at the Indian River Life-Saving Station, south of Dewey Beach on Route 1. The Indian River Lifesaving Station is open Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other places selling annual passes: DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building at 89 Kings Highway, Eastern Marine in Newark, Carlisle Marine in Smyrna, Sam’s Fishing and Tackle in Greenwood, That Place in Millsboro, Dover Air Force Base, and the Rehoboth Beach/ Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.
In other state park pass news, the placement of the pass has changed this year. It will now adhere to the outside of a vehicle’s windshield, rather than the inside.
“Many of our customers were having difficulty removing the sticker, and with tinted windshields, the Division felt it was time to put the sticker on the outside,” said Mary Voshell, chief of the Division’s Office of Business Services. “On the outside, the pass will be much easier to adhere to – and remove from – the windshield.” The pass will also be much more visible, Voshell added. “Staff and park rangers can now more easily see the pass in order to waive customers through the entrance stations and to check for violations.”
Delaware’s state parks are primarily self-funded; 65 percent of state park revenue used to operate and maintain the parks is generated by park users. Annual passes not only are important to sustain state parks, they are a convenient way to access the parks for the entire fee season, Mar. 1 through Nov. 30
Income from annual pass sales and other user fees goes directly to Delaware State Parks, where it is used to manage more than 26,000 acres of state park land and to ensure visitor safety, maintain trails and historic buildings provide environmental education and recreational programs, manage habitats and species and provide campgrounds, cabins and cottages, and more. More information about Delaware’s State Parks is available at destateparks.com.