LEWES, Del.- Getting around Delaware’s waterways just got easier.
On Tuesday, the Coastal Delaware Paddling Map was unveiled at Cape Henlopen State Park. The map–funded by the University of Delaware’s Sustainable Coastal Community Initiative–showcases 16 paddle trips in Sussex County, ranging from 1-10 miles each. The routes also include parking, access point, and amenity information.
“There are outfitters who have maps that they use for their clientele but there was nothing that was comprehensive,” explains Sustainable Coastal Communities Coordinator Ed Lewandowski. “Nothing that was really a unified approach that we could market to the paddling community, to the visitors–so that was the need and the reason to do this.”
Lewandowski says the map was designed by some of the area’s most experienced paddlers, outdoor guides, and tourism experts. Southern Delaware Tourism Director Scott Thomas says the map will help both visitors and the economy.
“There’s a lot of people coming here with kayaks and paddling equipment on their cars and those who aren’t, they are renting them here,” he says. “So it’s becoming very big business. They are going out to our restaurants, and our businesses so it’s another way, another driver of getting people in the area.”
A number of public and private partners helped unveil the map on Tuesday, including Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens, Conservation Community Consulting’s Dave Wilson and Jim Rapp, and Lewes Mayor Ted Becker.
The map can also be found digitally on PaddleCoastalDelaware.com. Organizers say the site will be updated constantly and provide more details on the trails.
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