The Fort Dupont State Park was named after Rear Admiral Samuel Francis du Pont, who served in one of the first incarnations of the U.S. Navy. From the Civil War all the way to World War II, this fort was being actively used and maintained as a military base. After 1945, the lands were gifted to Delaware state after which time it went through a few different incarnations.
After much debate, the area was christened as a state park in 1992. Fishing is quite popular here on the banks of the Delaware River, with many different fish species available to try your luck at. Equipment rental is available at the general store, provided you come with the proper licenses. Canines are welcome to accompany you on the shore, as long as they stay on their leashes at all times.
There are over two miles of trails to enjoy if you would like to get out and stretch your legs. These two trails, River View and Port Penn, provide excellent views of the park while providing a relaxing, flat series of paths to enjoy. The River View trail contains some historical buildings to explore as well, including the remnants of a fort and a set of gun batteries.
These historical and educational places at the Fort Dupont State Park are available to tour but are off limits to guests without a guide. If you are bringing your dog on these trails, make sure you keep them on a leash no longer than six feet. It is always a good idea to bring plastic bags in case your animal leaves any waste behind.
If you possess some sort of watercraft, there are two public slips located within the park itself that are free with your park admission. In addition to this, there's also a full-service marina just off of the Delaware River that offers fuel, refreshments, mechanic's services, and a full-service boat dock. Canines are unable to enter any of these buildings.
Before leaving the Fort Dupont State Park, make sure you check out the Port Penn Interpretive Center. This combination meeting hall and museum offers a more in-depth look into the cultures and communities that made Fort Dupont State Park what it is today. However, Spot will have to be left behind for these adventures because dogs are not allowed indoors.