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Broadkill River in Delaware

Trip Overview

This was the second attempt for my son and I to paddle the Broadkill River from Milton to Lewes, DE. Last year, we tried paddling against a rising tide. It was a pretty trip, but the incoming tide kept us from reaching our destination. We reached the landing at Oyster Rocks (about 10 miles from Milton) after a workout of about 5 hours.

This trip was much different - caught the river at high tide and rode it all the way to Lewes in 4 hours. First, we launched from the grass adjacent to the town dock. Not the official boat launch behind the library, but just a few steps away. There were blue herons, snowy egrets, osprey, red wing blackbirds and numerous other birds. For the most part, we were alone on the river. We experienced, for the first time, paddling in the rain. Only for about 10 minutes and, to be honest, it was quite refreshing. We were passed by only two boats until we reached civilization at Roosevelt Inlet.

Just one note: If you're riding the outgoing tide and landing at the park in Lewes, the last mile or so of your trip will be against the tide in the Lewes canal.

All in all, a great trip.


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From Rt 1 take Rt 16 south towards Milton, turning left on Union Street to get into town. Take a left on Chandler street and park in the lot next to the town dock.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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