The expantion of the nation's maritime commerce following the Civil War, the need for better methods to assist ships in distress was more demanding.Built in 1876 by the United States Life-Saving Service, the Indian River Life-Saving Station was part of a network of facilities along the Atlantic. In 1915 the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service merged forming the United Stated Coast Gaurd. This build was decommissioned in 1962 after a devistating storm. In 1997 the building was renovated and restoredto it's 1905 appearance. It is now run by the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation & State of Delaware. 1976 it was list in the National Register of Historic places.
Hours of Operation
Mon. - Fri..: 10am - 3pm
Sat.: 10am - 4pm
Sun.: 10am - 4pm
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Open Daily 10am - 5pm
Open Year-round, call for off-season hours
During WW II many observation tower were installed along the coast in Delaware and New Jersey, these were used as aids in aiming the 16 inch gun which were in bunkers buried in sand dunes. Using an azimuth instrument, the army employed a system know as triagulation to determine the position of the enemy. soldiers in 2 towers would use the data to aim the guns. The towers stand 69.75 feet high, steel reinforced concrete with walls 1 foot thick. the slits sweep a 240 degree span, able to observe land and sea.
These rocks along the jetty are very slippery. Please use much caution if you feel the need to go down that far. Plus there are many old rusted fishing hooks and other stuff that has made it to the rocks. I found this out a long time ago when searching for shells, the slipperyness that is. So use caution!
If I had a jetski I would love this! Some of the wave these guys get in the currents are awesome! When a big boat comes in it a free for all on the waves. Looks like a lot of fun! I would think due to the really intense currents this may be dangerous if you are not experienced at jetskiing.
Equipment: Bring your own jetski or rent one
Go surfing, the wave have never been better. South beach has the larger waves, but also has the worst rip currents, so use caution with waves over your waist. Rip currents are the cause of 100 drownings a year and 75% of all rescues by life gaurds. If you get caught in a rip current just let it take you for a little ride don't fight it, they only last from 50feet to 50 yards not much more, when you feel less pull then swim toward shore.
Fishing the rockpiles is a relaxing way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening. The rockpiles yield Stripers, Trout, Bluefish and Tautog on a variety of live, natural and artificial baits.The other side of the inlet, the north jetty, includes a fishing pier for handicapped access.
Favorite thing: Bring a change of clothes. Once you are finished swimming all day and feeling sticky, you can take a shower at the bath house. I suggest you have some shampoo and a brush too. The showers have hot water, just don't wait until everyone else is leaving to take your shower, There are soda, and snack machines in case you didn't bring any.
Favorite thing: It's only $2.50 for Delaware residents and out of state $5.00, handicap no fee to pull in and park all day in this state park. Plenty of parking, good bathhouse to clean up afterwards. Snack & soda machines. This is a carry in carry out beach, so take a small bag for your trash. This beach is hardly every crowded, plenty of room to strech out! The water comes up very smooth so it's good for young kids to play with out getting wiped out!
Favorite thing: There seems to be 2 levels of water here. the top portion is great for little kids to go play in, the waves never reach up that far, yet they get filled enough for them to play in. It work like a small tidal pool. no real danger of them being swept away by a rip current either. This is good too because it keeps the kids close to the parents for easy watching and photos.