Description - Holts Landing State Park encompasses 203-acres displaying a variety of beautiful landscapes, from bay shore beach to grassy fields and hardwood forests. Historically, the shores of the inland bays were home to Native Americans, who harvested seafood and hunted in the surrounding marshes and forests. After the European settlers arrived, agriculture developed slowly around the "little bays." The property that is now Holts Landing State Park has a long recorded history as a small family farm. The Holt family maintained it as a farm with a boat landing on this site until 1957, when the property was sold to the state highway department. Then, in 1965, the first parcel of land was transferred to the State Park Commission, forming Holts Landing State Park.
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The nearby Assawoman Canal is also part of Holts Landing State Park. The 97-acre canal connects the Indian River Bay with Little Assawoman Bay to the south.
- Today, the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation provides a surprising variety of recreation pursuits at Holts Landing State Park. The main attraction is the Indian River Bay. On a clear day, visitors have a grand view of the entire bay, from the Indian River Inlet Bridge in the east to the river coves in the west. The park's central location makes it a convenient launching point for small motorized boats, sailboats, windsurfing boards, and other small water craft. A boat ramp provides easy access for trailered boats, too.
Fishing in the bay is a fun leisure activity, from boats or from the shoreline. Lucky anglers may land a flounder, bluefish, perch, or sea trout. The shallow bay waters are perfect for clamming, too.
Picnicking is one of the more popular activities. Picnic tables and grills are located under shade trees throughout the park, and the large grassy lawns overlooking the bay invite visitors to spread out a picnic blanket. A picnic pavilion with a built-in barbecue grill can be reserved for family reunions, corporate parties, and other group events. Children will enjoy the new playground near the picnic area, and horseshoe pitching provides an entertaining diversion for those who bring the stakes and horseshoes.
The park also maintains two ball fields. Bring baseballs or softballs, bats and gloves to practice this all-American sport. The ball fields are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the park's peaceful surroundings with a quiet stroll along the shoreline or through the fields. Many large birds, such as hawks, herons, and osprey frequent the area, and songbirds make their home among the forest trees and shrubs. Stealth hikers may spot a deer, raccoon, possum, muskrat, or fox, or see animal footprints in the sandy soil. Several old borrow pits used by the highway department have evolved into small ponds hidden in the woods, creating a valuable freshwater habitat for native flora and fauna. A well-kept secret, Holts Landing harbors many pleasant surprises.
Recreation - Picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, and game playing are the primary activities enjoyed at Holts Landing State Park. Wildlife sightings reward the quiet visitor.
Climate - The Chesapeake and Delaware Bays moderate Delaware's climate. The state experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be bitterly cold. Highs during this season average near freezing with low temperatures near 0 degrees F. Spring comes to this region in mid to late March. This is a pleasant time to visit with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer brings temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees F. Humidity is highest inland with ocean breezes cooling the shoreline. Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays.
Holts Landing State Park is located on the southern shore of the Indian River Bay. From Route 26, take County Road 346 or 347 north to the park entrance.