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Old 03-11-2014, 05:12 AM
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any place in Del & MD eastern shore we can drive out on to the beach and camp for a few night while fishing. I have done Bethany a few times but would like to be able to camp on the beach as well.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:50 AM
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any place in Del & MD eastern shore we can drive out on to the beach and camp for a few night while fishing. I have done Bethany a few times but would like to be able to camp on the beach as well.
Assateague Island is one of the better options.

The annual park pass is around $30 for the year then depending on which off road pass you get I believe it is $60-90. Mine was good from June 2012 - June 2013. Haven't bought this years yet. They offer 2 or 3 different offroad passes.

I know one of the permits allows for 24 hour camping and is the more expensive one. The other permit is good til midnight or states as long as 1 person is awake the entire time you are fine to be on the beach til whenever. I have only ever camped on the bay side in the designated areas.

A few things to watch out for...... West Wind or No wind.

With a West, WSW, WNW or no wind sometimes the bugs will be abundant like mosquitos, horse flies, biting flies, etc. They won't bother you if you are within a few feet of the surf but I prefer going when there is some sort of East in the wind.

We have always had a good time on Assateague and there is plenty of beach and not normally much traffic. Another things to look out for is in the summer the Park Patrol only lets a certain amount of vehicles on the beach. Once this number is met you cannot go on the beach until someone comes off. This should not be a problem unless it is a holiday weekend and can be mitigated by going somewhat early.
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X2 on Assateague. I had the best surf trip of my life there, camping with my big dog on the federal side right on the beach. Walk over the dune and start fishing. That week, the fishing was on fire but check the fishing reports in advance and make a reservation in advance. Don't go when it's hot, only Spring and Fall because the skeeters are bad as well as the horse flies. Through late May, you're good, no bugs. There is a good tackle shop with fresh bait right where you turn right on the road to Assateague and they open at 6 am. The down side of the Federal side is cold showers only so suck it up cupcake, or heat up water or use a portable shower. I always heated water in a Coleman stove - part of the experience. The ponies are not dangerous but will eat your food at night if your cooler is not secured well. The first time I went, my dog was woofing, I unzipped the tent and three large ponies were eating all the groceries I had just bought right out of the back of my truck. One flipped the cooler lid open with his nose. My dog looked at me like, you handle this one, I'll stay here and cover you. You'll sleep like a baby to the sound of the crashing surf.
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I hit assateague a lot too.
You will have about $130 in gate and overnight beach pass for your truck.
Technically you are not allowed to camp at your vehicle.
You must be "engaged in recreation".
Idiot factor at work here. Someone parks close to the surf on low tide, goes to sleep... you know the rest.
That being said, its been done, and practically every Ranger I've encountered has been cool.

To get your beach pass for your truck they ask for you to have a low press tire gauge, a jack (factory vehicle will suffice), 1'X1' board to jack from (bait board), a shovel and a tow strap.
They do have air stations right there for you to air back up when leaving.
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If you are in the campground along the ocean (don't go to the inland campsites), you can skip the beach pass and just walk over the dune to fish. Weird but that's where I've had the best fishing.

Buckshot - Do they still have the weekly beach pass?
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If you are in the campground along the ocean (don't go to the inland campsites), you can skip the beach pass and just walk over the dune to fish. Weird but that's where I've had the best fishing.

Buckshot - Do they still have the weekly beach pass?
Nope. You have to buy an annual permit.

Here is a link on basic info - http://www.assateagueisland.com/isla...ach_travel.htm

145 vehicle max, 12 miles long.....
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