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Delaware Lakes & Rivers: Paddle, Fish, Float

Peaceful fishing ponds. Meandering streams. Crystal-clean rivers. Immerse yourself in Delaware’s serene natural beauty at shimmering lakes and waterways. Go kayaking, canoeing, or tubing through the mansion-filled Chateau Country on the historic Brandywine Creek. The wooded countryside here has hardly changed since Quakers settled it centuries ago.

Watch for wildlife along the St. Jones River, which flows from Dover to Delaware Bay. The waterway passes through Ted Harvey and Little Creek Wildlife areas, making it an ideal choice for a quiet morning paddle. This tranquil river is fed by Silver Lake, which is situated in a pristine, 182-acre park – the crown jewel of Dover’s parks. Walk along paved pathways, enjoy a grassy picnic, and fish for bass, perch, and catfish.

In summertime, you can rent rowboats and pedal boats at Trap Pond State Park, which is known for its bald cypress trees. You can also hop in a pontoon boat and join a narrated tour. Rent boats of every variety at Lums Pond State Park, along with horseback riding and biking trails. For bigger boats and excellent fishing, the Chesapeake and Delaware Canals feature miles of man-made waterways with marinas and restaurants along the way.

Silver Lake

Draw up plans for your next visit to Delaware, and prepare for a full day of outdoor thrills. Make your way to Dover and check out the very fun and very impressive Silver Lake. Only minutes north of downtown Dover, and adjacent to both Delaware State University and Dover Downs Casino, Silver Lake is a premier spot for fishing in Dover.

Silver Lake is the main body of water which feeds the St. Jones River. The park attached to Silver Lake is 182 acres of pristine Delaware landscape. You'll find a wide range of walking and hiking paths, bird watching areas, and a wealth of picnic spots. There is, unfortunately, no swimming permitted at Silver Lake.