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KILLENS POND STATE PARK


About the Park

The centerpiece of Killens Pond State Park, conveniently located in central Delaware, is the 66-acre millpond, which was established in the late 1700s. Before the pond was created, the Murderkill River and surrounding hardwood forest were sites of several Native American homes and hunting camps. Killens Pond became a state park in 1965.

Fishing and Boating

boats at killens pond

The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel, all of which await the patient angler.* A convenient boat launching ramp is available, and canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer. Paddlers will also enjoy the park's water trail up the Murderkill River.

A fishing license required to fish in Delaware State Parks. Get info about fishing permits

Waterpark Thrills

The waterpark at Killens Pond State Park

Starting from 54 feet in the air, our two speed slides and two spiral slides with tunnels offer heart-pounding excitement for those who dare! The main pool's zero-depth entrance makes getting in and out easy, and smaller visitors will enjoy the tot pool and tot lot, featuring bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system. A food concession and swim shop offer everything you need for a day full of waterpark fun. A separate per-person admission fee is charged at the waterpark. Visit our waterpark page

Camping and Cabins

The year-round wooded campground offers electric and water hookups, accommodating both tents and recreational vehicles, as well as a primitive walk-in camping loop for tents only. Family cabins sleep four and feature an efficiency kitchen with an eating area, bedroom, bath with shower, A/C, and heat. The roomier, deluxe Pond View Cottage has extra amenities and an outstanding view of the pond. Click for Camping Information

Recreational Activities

Hiking and biking trails and a cross-country running course wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals. Game courts and ball fields satisfy the athlete, and an 18-hole disc golf course challenges players to test their skill with a flying disc. The park also features playground equipment and picnic areas, and four pavilions are available to reserve for larger group events. Educational and recreational programs are conducted throughout the year at the Killens Pond Nature Center, which also features a permanent exhibit of local reptiles and amphibians and is also available for meetings and private events. Rent the Killens Pond Nature Center

Nature Preserve

Fork Branch Nature Preserve – contains mature upland forest and is the second largest forest tract in the St. Jones River watershed and coastal plain pond wetlands. Barred owls nest in the mature floodplain forest (Barred owls are a species of conservation concern due to the little mature floodplain remaining in Delaware) and it is also home to a variety of migratory and resident birds including Red-shouldered Hawk, another species of conservation concern, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, White-breasted Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpecker..

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking on site.

Acreage: 257 acres

Upcoming Events

Wonders of the Wetlands

Saturday, August 18, 2018

1 p.m.

Wonders of the Wetlands Saturdays; June 23, July 14, and August 18 11 a.m. Learn what makes the Killens Pond wetland ecosystem special and meet a few animals native to the area. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/18/2018 1:00:00 PM 8/18/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Wonders of the Wetlands Wonders of the Wetlands Saturdays; June 23, July 14, and August 18 11 a.m. Learn what makes the Killens Pond wetland ecosystem special and meet a few animals native to the area. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Hayrides

Saturday, August 18, 2018

7 p.m.

Hayrides Saturdays, June 9 - August 25 7 and 8 p.m. trips The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited: please reserve your spot by calling the Nature Center before 1 p.m. on the day of the ride. Meet at the campground Amphitheater. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/18/2018 7:00:00 PM 8/18/2018 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Hayrides Hayrides Saturdays, June 9 - August 25 7 and 8 p.m. trips The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited: please reserve your spot by calling the Nature Center before 1 p.m. on the day of the ride. Meet at the campground Amphitheater. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Campfire Program

Saturday, August 18, 2018

9 p.m.

Description:Campfire Program Saturdays, June 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18 9 p.m. Join a naturalist at the Campground Amphitheater for a campfire and to learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics vary weekly. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/18/2018 9:00:00 PM 8/18/2018 10:00:00 PM America/New_York Campfire Program Description:Campfire Program Saturdays, June 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18 9 p.m. Join a naturalist at the Campground Amphitheater for a campfire and to learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics vary weekly. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Dip-Netting at the Pond

Sunday, August 19, 2018

1 p.m.

Dip-Netting at the Pond Sunday, August 19 1 p.m. Ever wonder what a baby dragonfly looks like? Use a process called dip-netting to catch them and hopefully a few other species of pond critters to view up close. Dress in clothes that can get messy for this program! $2 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/19/2018 1:00:00 PM 8/19/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Dip-Netting at the Pond Dip-Netting at the Pond Sunday, August 19 1 p.m. Ever wonder what a baby dragonfly looks like? Use a process called dip-netting to catch them and hopefully a few other species of pond critters to view up close. Dress in clothes that can get messy for this program! $2 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Buried Treasures

Friday, August 24, 2018

7 p.m.

Buried Treasures Friday, August 24 7 p.m. Learn what archaeologists can discover by looking at artifacts. Bring one of your own found treasures from home and try to "stump the archaeologist" to identify your artifact! Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/24/2018 7:00:00 PM 8/24/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Buried Treasures Buried Treasures Friday, August 24 7 p.m. Learn what archaeologists can discover by looking at artifacts. Bring one of your own found treasures from home and try to "stump the archaeologist" to identify your artifact! Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Conservation Technology

Saturday, August 25, 2018

2 p.m.

Conservation Technology Saturday, August 25 1 p.m. How do we use technology to help preserve our wildlife and natural areas? Learn how we are using iPads, Geoswap, and other apps. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 2:00:00 PM 8/25/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Conservation Technology Conservation Technology Saturday, August 25 1 p.m. How do we use technology to help preserve our wildlife and natural areas? Learn how we are using iPads, Geoswap, and other apps. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Hayrides

Saturday, August 25, 2018

7 p.m.

Hayrides Saturdays, June 9 - August 25 7 and 8 p.m. trips The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited: please reserve your spot by calling the Nature Center before 1 p.m. on the day of the ride. Meet at the campground Amphitheater. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 7:00:00 PM 8/25/2018 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Hayrides Hayrides Saturdays, June 9 - August 25 7 and 8 p.m. trips The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited: please reserve your spot by calling the Nature Center before 1 p.m. on the day of the ride. Meet at the campground Amphitheater. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Night Hikes

Saturday, August 25, 2018

9 p.m.

Night Hikes Saturdays; June 30, July 28, August 11 and 25 9 p.m. Meet at the Campground Amphitheater to begin an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark hikes. Hikes last 1 to 1 and a half hours, and participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 9:00:00 PM 8/25/2018 10:00:00 PM America/New_York Night Hikes Night Hikes Saturdays; June 30, July 28, August 11 and 25 9 p.m. Meet at the Campground Amphitheater to begin an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark hikes. Hikes last 1 to 1 and a half hours, and participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Moonlight Kayak Tours

Sunday, August 26, 2018

08 p.m.

Moonlight Kayak Tours Sundays; June 24, July 29, and August 26 8 - 10 p.m. Join us as we paddle by the light of the full moon! Meet at the Nature Center and then head to the boats. All experience levels welcome. Please bring a headlamp or borrow one of ours.Paddles last 1 and a half to 2 hours. Please pre-register as space is limited. To pre-register, call (302) 248-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 8/26/2018 8:00:00 PM 8/26/2018 10:00:00 PM America/New_York Moonlight Kayak Tours Moonlight Kayak Tours Sundays; June 24, July 29, and August 26 8 - 10 p.m. Join us as we paddle by the light of the full moon! Meet at the Nature Center and then head to the boats. All experience levels welcome. Please bring a headlamp or borrow one of ours.Paddles last 1 and a half to 2 hours. Please pre-register as space is limited. To pre-register, call (302) 248-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

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