About Indian River

Both the north and south side of Indian River Inlet can produce high-performance tube riding, particularly when other places are closing out on larger swells. Then it becomes a rather intense shorebreak, with any hint of swell being amplified off the rock wall for a steep drop. Plenty of neck and back injuries occur every year at this surprisingly challenging stretch of beach. Keep in mind you're usually surfing in ankle-deep water.

Source: Indian River Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to definitely advanced on south side.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Can get a little chippy on good days.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

It can be flat and there will still be people floating around out there.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Decent spot on the right day with some southerly wind protection.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not bad but can be some work on certain swells.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not too bad.

Additional Information


Watch possible heavy deep-water fishing along inlet.


$4 for Delaware-registered vehicles; $8 for out-of-state vehicles.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard, skimming, bodysurfing



Best Season

Storm dependent: tropical cyclones in the late summer and fall with frontal activity and nor'easters in the late fall and winter.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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