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Island Getaway

· Delaware
26 acres
1 site
1 Tent
This property is located on the St. Jones River. Whether you enjoy the beauty of bald eagles or just want to get away, this site provides the best an unmatched camping experience. Another unique fact is the connection of the island to the underground railroad. We want families to be able to have a safe place to experience the outdoors in peace. Learn more about this land: A private island that is easy to reach by boat or kayak. The perfect location for those who want to enjoy water sports and other outdoor activities such as fishing. Reserve the entire island surrounded by water views and majestic bald eagles soaring above. Parking is available at the nearby public boat dock. Kayaks/canoes are available to reach the island on a limited basis. This is the perfect place to get away and reconnect with nature. Groups are also encouraged to contact us. However, we only host one group at a time. Campers under 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is a public parking lot at the Lebanon Landing Boat Dock area; The host is not responsible for any vehicles or property parked away from the island. Happy Camping!
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Delaware, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by La Mar G.Joined in March 2021
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 5 hours
14 Ratings · 14 reviews
Andy K.recommends
September 29, 2022
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Quiet weekend alone
The site was absolutely beautiful. A nice quiet peaceful weekend, even with firefly going on. Le Mar was a wonderful gracious host, made sure I had everything I could need. Definitely a place to return to.
Kyle M.recommends
September 12, 2022
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Great place for some time away. Campsite is really nicely setup, you can tell La Mar is passionate about making sure people have a great time! He greeted us when we arrived, gave us the lay of the land and let us know we could contact him if there was anything we needed. La Mar made sure to give us plenty of privacy during our stay also. We enjoyed the location, the fact that you can travel to dover for a day trip and to get any supplies you need was great. Even better was being able to enjoy paddling and fishing on our way out to the bay.
Hannah B.recommends
June 27, 2022
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Restorative canoe camping!
La Mar was such a kind and helpful host! He set up a really wonderful and comfortable campsite, full of amenities like an outdoor shower and citronella tiki torches, and brought us water and showed us how everything worked when we arrived after our paddle there. The site is beautiful and fun! We napped in hammocks, watched red winged blackbirds, bald eagles, and fiddler crabs, painted with water colors, and went out for an evening paddle the second night we were there. There isn’t much hiking to do on the island — and while it is private, it’s not super remote (we could hear some nearby traffic). That said, I would happily return! It was the restful bonding weekend we needed.
Julianne P.recommends
June 13, 2022
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Beautiful spot, excellent host!
Doesn’t get much better than a private island! We had the best time camping here. The canoe paddle to the island was beautiful, and the amenities like the shower and water were so helpful. Highly recommend taking a trip up the river to Dover for lunch/sightseeing. La Mar was a wonderful host, couldn’t be more kind and helpful. Some of our wildlife sightings included bald eagles, otters, herons, turtles, and osprey.
Ilona D.recommends
June 7, 2022
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Gorgeous LGBTQ+ friendly spot
It was an absolute dream come true to camp on a private island! A lot of work has been done to make this place a lovely get away (more even than needed for us minimal hipcampers): an outdoor half open shower, benches around a fire pit, drinking and showering water, a swing bench, tiki torches, walking trails around the island, a hammock, a canoe to get to the island and around in general..there’s even a generator (which we didn’t use). Highly recommend this place. It took about 40min for 2p to canoe from the public boat launch to the island (and back). We also canoed to downtown Dover for DE pride and it was amazing to arrive downtown by canoe. I hope you pick this place to enjoy with your loved ones as it’s an incredible experience. Thanks La Mar!
Charlotte W.recommends
May 30, 2022
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Short and easy canoe ride, La Mar can even help with your camping gear if you dont want to travel light. Great views, and no one else on the island. Truly secluded camp, Cold shower was greatly appreciated on a warm day. Enjoy relaxing and enjoying the views, we had a wonderful time! 100% recommended, we´ll come back!
Sean T.recommends
May 6, 2022
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
La Mar was a great host. He reached out to clarify a few things and made sure we had everything we needed. The island was exactly what we needed. It was a quick paddle from the launch spot. I do recommend you check the tides before heading out. Trying to paddle out in low tide might be a little difficult. We did see some great wildlife too. Eagles, a river otter, some big fish jumping, and even some fox pups. Overall I’d recommend the island to anyone and La Mar was an amazing host.
Ryan M.recommends
October 18, 2021
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
We had an amazing time camping on La Mar's island. The island offers privacy and serenity while being just a short paddle or boat ride away from land. As soon as you arrive on the island you can see so many wonderful touches La Mar did to make the stay amazing. There is a shower, tiki torches along with fluid for them, hand saw to trim branches off fallen tree limbs, hammock, string lights and generator, and picnic table just to mention a few of the thoughtful amenities. I enjoyed some fishing the river while watching a bald eagle fly overhead. Lar Mar was always just a text or call away if we needed anything and he even reached out to me to ensure we were ok when a pretty wicket rain storm dumped on us. We had an amazing time and we can't wait to come back in the Spring.
Rob K.recommends
September 27, 2021
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
This is a really cool spot! It's a short scenic paddle in to the island but you can easily paddle out further and catch glimpses at all sorts of fish/ wildlife. La Mar has the campsite pretty well stocked with just about everything you need and the ground is soft with basically no rocks so finding a good spot to pitch yoir tent is easy. If its windy, keep an eye out for the acorns because they'll conk you if they catch you. You're basically in the Dover suburbs so theres plenty of places to head to if you don't feel like cooking at the campsite, just knkw this does come with some road noise during the day (only really noticeable when a truck downshifts). La Mar himself is a great host and was suoer helpful leading upto and during the trip to make sure we had all we needed for a relaxing weekend. Definitely worth a book!
William G.recommends
August 22, 2021
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
A Relaxing Reset
Despite the rain that came in, I enjoyed Mr. Gunn island immensely! The property had a nice clearing area that looks out over the river. I hiked around the island which was like it’s own little adventure, because you are not really walking on a path. The lights were a very nice touch around what looked to be a gathering area with bench seating. Another real exciting thing was actually paddling to the island. I saw a number of majestic water fowl including: an eagle/osprey and several blue herons, and what I think was a belted kingfisher. The island had a shower still facility that was nice for showering, but the rain prevented me from trying it out. All in all I think this camping trip was one of the coolest I’ve been on, and can’t wait to book it again.
Sandra T.recommends
August 19, 2021
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
The host LaMar was positively the best. LaMar was more than accommodating.LaMar used his personal boat to be helpful so that we were not stressed trying to paddle by canoe all of your belongings that you need for a 3 night stay. There were items for you to use that were not on the website in the description . Example TIKI TORCHES a cooking grate to cook on. LaMar is improving the island all the time so that our future stay will even be more enjoyable . The views and the sunsets on the island positively breathtaking . There was a bald eagle just like it said in the description. It’s amazing. There are not enough words to give this island justice . I have never been more appreciative of a kind caring man as we were with LaMar. In today’s world you don’t see those kind of attributes anymore . LaMar has reinvented kind, caring and helpful back into trusting human beings again . LaMar the host is such a man that would make people proud to know him. We are glad we went to the island. We have already told so many people about our great experience . LaMar keep up the great work we can’t wait to possibly come back with the family . Again thank you so much for being the host. Also please thank your wife and family for giving up your valuable time to do all of this for others . See you again soon Sandy and Matt from Pennsylvania.
Pamia C.recommends
August 15, 2021
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Island Getaway 10/10
I camped at Island Getaway with my son and dog. La Mar was as good as a hip camp host can get. He took his time to explain everything I needed to know and was available in case of emergencies. Camp site was clean and spacious. A perfect place to relax and get away from it all. My son especially loved the canoeing experience and my dog loved being able to have more freedom off lead .
William C.recommends
August 2, 2021
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Great Adventure on La Mar's Island!
We had a great adventure on La Mar's island! Every step of the trip went well: - The canoes had plenty of room for our camping gear - We had a nice paddle out to the island and saw a bald eagle on the way. It took us about an hour against the tide to get to camp - The amenities on the island were great. Fire pit, benches, picnic table, and even some extras like a generator for string lights and a water pump for showering. La Mar also provided plenty of potable water for washing our hands and dishes. - We paddled into downtown Dover on our second day. It took us about an hour each way going with the tide. It was a great way to see the river and get a good work out in One final aspect of the trip I'd like to touch on was the excellent service we received from La Mar. He was willing to spend lots of his time to make sure our trip was smooth. He worked with us to coordinate drop off and pickup of the boats, gave us plenty of suggestions, brought over the water pump, and even helped us get the boats locked up when we were downtown. He told us he is even working on future improvements to the campsite. I can't wait to visit again next year!
Ekaterina P.recommends
March 29, 2021
Island Getaway (Gunn Island)
Scenic Water Views and Adventure
The host was kind, generous and friendly. The camping spot was beautiful and secluded, we enjoyed the kayak ride there and being on the island gave us a chance to unwind and enjoy nature and water views. Thank you so much for helping us unplug! We hope to camp there again soon!
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