Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

Quick Facts

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve


(302) 739-3436

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Things To Do



The Delaware Reserve consists of two components, one on the Blackbird Creek and the other on the St. Jones River. The Blackbird Creek component is dominated by freshwater wetlands, ponds, and forested habitats. The St. Jones component is dominated by salt marshes and open water habitats of the Delaware Bay. Key species of the Delaware Reserve include the horseshoe crab, migratory shorebirds, snowy egret, great blue heron, bald eagle, black duck, blue crab, fiddler crab, and American oyster. Take a hike on a nature trail, get involved with an educational class (and maybe go for a boat ride!) or quietly kayak around the marshes.

Visitors are welcome to tour the St. Jones Center for Estuarine Studies (offices, displays and fish tanks), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on official State holidays) and enjoy the wonders of estuaries through the interpretive exhibits. The trails and recycling center are open from dawn to dusk 7 days a week. The Blackbird Creek Reserve is open to the public from dawn until dusk 7 days a week.

Map of Delaware Nat'l Estuarine Research Reserve

Latitude, Longitude: 39.117292, -75.496116



  • Boating

    Blackbird Creek Reserve has a boat launch for canoes and kayaks, as well as educational opportunities with a boat tour of the marshland.

  • Hiking

    There are several miles of hiking at each reserve, open to the public. Be aware of posted notices, particularly during hunting season when some areas may close.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Take one of the many nature trails throughout the reserves and see the many birds that make their home in the different environments, as well as horseshoe crabs and other neat animals.



The St Jones Reserve component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is located on the north shore of the St Jones River, off Kitts Hummock Road, south of Dover in Kent County and includes a portion of Delaware Bay. The Blackbird Creek Reserve component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is located upstream from Delaware Route 9 at Taylors Bridge in Townsend, New Castle County.

See above for printed directions to each area.

St. Jones Reserve: 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, DE 19901. (302) 739-3436

Blackbird Creek Reserve: 802 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend, DE 19734. (302) 378-5734

Phone Numbers


(302) 739-3436