Birdwatchers and nature buffs alike will love spending an afternoon of their Rehoboth Beach vacation at Silver Lake. A 40 acre fresh water lake, this waterfowl preserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife and an incredibly unique view. Located just off the east coast, Silver Lake is quite the anomaly and is one of the closest fresh water lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. It shares this title with Lake Comegys and Lake Gerar, both of which are located nearby.
Arrowheads and other artifacts have been found along the shores of Silver Lake and historians believe that before European settlers arrived on the Delaware shores, the lake was visited by the Nanticoke Indians every summer while they gathered clams and oysters from the ocean.
Colonial settlers and pirates alike were fond of Silver Lake for the fresh water it provided in the summer and the ice in the winter. Once pirates learned of this important spot, the area was frequently guarded by armed men to keep them at bay.
It wasn’t until 1676 that Silver Lake was giving its first official name, Rhodes Pond, when John Rhodes and his family received a grant to the land surrounding the lake. In the years to come, the lake was re-named a few times and it wasn’t until 1942 that the name Silver Lake stuck.
Nowadays, the lake functions as a waterfowl preserve and a beautiful backdrop to the Silver Lake community homes. The perfect spot to go for a jog or bike ride, you are sure to see a variety of freshwater birds during your adventure. We recommend enjoying a picnic lunch by the water or going for an evening stroll before heading to your favorite Rehoboth Beach restaurant for dinner.