Directions for the Indian River Inlet area
The inlet is about 5 miles north of Bethany Beach, or 7 miles south of Rehoboth Beach. For the North Jetty (38°36'32.00"N 75° 3'43.23"W), bear right (SW) off Route 1 just north of the inlet bridge. Turn into the north inlet parking lot, and walk east along the inlet's north shore, under the bridge. Also on the north side of the inlet are the North Inlet Marina (38°36'39.41"N 75° 4'27.43"W), and the trail head to the Burtons Island (see below).
For the South Jetty (38°36'27.59"N 75° 3'36.09"W) park at the day use area just south of the inlet bridge and walk east. The South Indian River marsh (one good viewpoint is just south of the bridge, west of Route 1, at (38°36'5.96"N 75° 3'47.16"W - see map) can also be viewed from the southern edge of the campground.
Two other places within Delaware Seashore State Park, Burtons Island and Thompson Island, which are isolated forest patches and outstanding migrant "traps," are especially noteworthy but can be difficult to access. Call the park office for current information.
Other Birding Sites in the Ocean Beaches & Inland Bays Region:
- Cape May - Lewes Ferry
- Cape Henlopen State Park
- Silver Lake
- Delaware Seashore State Park
- James Farm Ecological Preserve
- Assawoman Wildlife Area