Responsible for managing Breakwater Harbor, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) is a bi-state (Delaware and New Jersey) agency. The DRBA operates the world's longest twin-span suspension bridge, the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It also operates the Cape May-Lewis Ferry System which includes the United States' most luxurious ferry, the M.V. Twin Capes.
With a mission of providing transportation links between Delaware and New Jersey, the DRBA also operates the Delaware River's Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the New Castle, Delaware, airport facility. In 1990, the DRBA was authorized to participate in economic development activities for Delaware, Breakwater Harbor, and for New Jersey's four southern counties.
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a popular way to see historic lighthouses, charming harbors, and ocean-going vessels traveling the mouth of Delaware Bay and Breakwater Harbor. Operating 365 days a year, the 17-mile cruise travels between New Jersey (Cape May) and Delaware (Breakwater Harbor and Lewes) takes about 80 minutes. Ferry terminals have restaurants, lounges, and gift shops. The ferry carries walking passengers and vehicles. Each ferry holds 100 vehicles and up to one thousand passengers. Reservations for vehicles are recommended.
There are two docking facilities in Breakwater Harbor. Lewes' Canalfront Marina and the Lewes City Dock are both on the southern bank of Breakwater Harbor and Rehoboth Canal along Front Street.
Open in Breakwater Harbor from April through November, the Canalfront Park Marina has 19 boat slips for seasonal and transient boaters. Lewes residents reserve 13 of the slips for seasonal use, and six slips (three small and three large) are available for transient boaters. The large slips can handle boats to 16.8 meters (55 feet) long with 4.9-meter (16-foot) beam. The small slips can handle boats to 7.6 meters (25 feet) long with 3.7-meter (12-foot) beam.
Water depth at this Breakwater Harbor marina is about 1.8 meters (6 feet) MLW. Transient boaters can reserve slips for up to seven days (with a one-week renewal) as the slips are available.
Located on Front Street near the Canalfront Park Marina, the Lewes City Dock at Breakwater Harbor has alongside depth of about 3 meters (10 feet) MLW. The dock is available for stays of as many as three hours. This Breakwater Harbor dock has four 15.2-meter (50-foot) boat slips that can be reserved in advance for up to seven days (with a one-time week-long renewal) as available. The Dockmaster manages slip reservations, which must be paid in full before they are confirmed.
The Lewes Harbour Marina at Breakwater Harbor offers a wide range of services for fishermen and boaters. The Marina store offers bait and tackle, boating supplies, sportswear, and foul-weather gear. In addition to friendly service and expert advice, customers can get gas and diesel fuel, fishing licenses, charter boats, free parking, and boat launch services at this Breakwater Harbor Marina.
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