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Cape Henlopen state park

Courtesy of DNREC's Division of Parks & Recreation

State parks officials are looking to expand on the trails system at Cape Henlopen State Park and are holding an open house Thursday evening in Lewes for the public to weigh in on the proposed changes.


Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

State officials hope long-waited updates to Cape Henlopen State Park will draw in more visitors starting this Memorial Day.

 

 

Cape Henlopen gets nearly two million visitors a year, but Delaware State Parks Regional Administrator Pat Cooper said it hasn’t exactly gotten all the maintenance it has needed to please visitors.

Gary Cooke

A portion of Cape Henlopen State Park are closed until the fall to give threatened and endangered birds the space nest.


Photo courtesy: Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research

Thousands of migrating raptors can be seen flying over the First State over the next couple months and Delaware’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is trying to tally them as best as it can.

Casey Marker / MERR

Preliminary numbers from an annual dolphin count Saturday give hope that the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin population is rebounding.

"Mighty Mo" WWII gun put in place at Fort Miles

May 20, 2016
Photo courtsey: DNREC/Matt Cardona

The gun dubbed “Mighty Mo” has found its final resting place at Fort Miles outside Lewes.

via Fort Miles Historical Association

In this month’s History Matters – produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society – we check in on work being done at Cape Henlopen State Park to turn Fort Miles into a museum telling its unique World War II era story.

Fort Miles was a key part of the country’s coastal defense of the Delaware River during the Second World War, but by the late 50’s its usefulness had passed and in 1964 - 543 acres of the base were given to the State of Delaware, becoming part of Cape Henlopen State Park. In April 2005, Fort Miles was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In recent years, the Fort Miles Historical Association has worked to create a museum on the site, including procuring a 16 inch gun that was on the USS Missouri the day the Japanese surrendered to end World War II in 1945.  Saturday, a groundbreaking was held for the artillery park that will display that gun and others.   

Earlier this week, we caught up with Fort Miles Historical Association president Gary Wray for an update on their efforts.


Gary Cooke

State park officials will close off a section of Cape Henlopen State Park from the public this Tuesday, March 1.

The section - known as The Point - is a half-mile stretch of ocean beach and dunes. It’s being closed to protect endangered and threatened species of birds that use it for nesting.   Those species include the red knot, piping plover, oystercatchers and least terns.

The historic Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier will reopen this afternoon.

The pier was closed late last year due to engineering concerns about the structural integrity of the pilings that it sits on.

This week the contractor completed $400,000 of repairs to approximately 108 pilings, wrapping up the first phase of the pier’s latest renovation project. Phase two begins this winter.

First piping plover nest of the season spotted

May 4, 2015
Kevin Bronson

The piping plover nesting season is off to an early start.

The first nest of the season was spotted on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park on April 25th which makes it one of the earliest sightings on record in Delaware.  Egg-laying for the endangered bird typically starts at the beginning of May.