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Killens Pond State Park


Tropical Storm Isaias Advisories

The latest weather projections from the National Weather Service have the major impacts of the storm hitting Delaware in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 4th, sometime around 2 a.m., and continuing through Tuesday evening. This weather event includes heavy rains, minor coastal flooding and sustained winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

Camping Advisory: We recommend that you take all necessary precautions to secure and protect your camping equipment and if possible, move to higher ground during this period. A liberal cancellation policy is in effect; cancellations may be made by contacting 1-877-987-2757. Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations.

Surf Fishing and Swimming Advisory: All surf fishing crossings will close at sunset on Monday, August 3, and all guarded swimming beaches are closed Tuesday, August 4. In addition, the Killens Pond Water Park is also closed on Tuesday, August 4, with refunds for any advanced tickets purchased.

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

Check prices or get more detailed info on how you can canoe, kayak, or paddle Killens Pond

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..

The preserve is located at the corner of Kenton and West Denneys roads, along the Maidstone Branch in the St. Jones River Watershed.

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

Acreage: 257 acres

Upcoming Events

Self-Guided Hike (Campground)

Friday, August 7, 2020

10:30 AM

Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay.

Add to Calendar 8/7/2020 10:30:00 AM 8/7/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Self-Guided Hike (Campground) Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay. Killens Pond State Park

Dixie Land Band

Friday, August 7, 2020

6:30 PM

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information.

Add to Calendar 8/7/2020 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Dixie Land Band Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information. Killens Pond State Park

Buggin' Out for Summer

Saturday, August 8, 2020

4:00 PM

Curious about the different insects you see each summer? Join us as we explore summer insects and how they interact with us! Program will start at the campground. Free with paid park entry. Pre-registration highly encouraged. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. Free

Add to Calendar 8/8/2020 4:00:00 PM 8/8/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Buggin' Out for Summer Curious about the different insects you see each summer? Join us as we explore summer insects and how they interact with us! Program will start at the campground. Free with paid park entry. Pre-registration highly encouraged. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. Free Killens Pond State Park

Buggin' Out for Summer

Sunday, August 9, 2020

3:59 PM

Curious about the different insects you see each summer? Join us as we explore summer insects and how they interact with us! Program will start at the nature center. Free with paid park entry. Pre-registration highly encouraged. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. Free

Add to Calendar 8/9/2020 3:59:59 PM 8/9/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Buggin' Out for Summer Curious about the different insects you see each summer? Join us as we explore summer insects and how they interact with us! Program will start at the nature center. Free with paid park entry. Pre-registration highly encouraged. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. Free Killens Pond State Park

Self-Guided Hike (Nature Center)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

10:30 AM

Check in with a naturalist out front of the nature center from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist some questions you thought of during your hike. Hike is about 0.5 miles on part of the Pondside Trail and connector trails. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 8/12/2020 10:30:00 AM 8/12/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Self-Guided Hike (Nature Center) Check in with a naturalist out front of the nature center from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist some questions you thought of during your hike. Hike is about 0.5 miles on part of the Pondside Trail and connector trails. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond State Park

Self-Guided Hike (Campground)

Friday, August 14, 2020

10:30 AM

Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay.

Add to Calendar 8/14/2020 10:30:00 AM 8/14/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Self-Guided Hike (Campground) Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay. Killens Pond State Park

Keith White

Friday, August 14, 2020

6:30 PM

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information.

Add to Calendar 8/14/2020 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Keith White Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information. Killens Pond State Park

Native American History at Killens Pond

Saturday, August 15, 2020

4:00 PM

The history of the Killens Pond area didn’t start with the Dutch settlements in the 1630s. Join us to learn about the Lenape, a nation of Indigenous people who’ve lived along the Delaware River for thousands of years! This is an excellent follow-up to the History 101 program, and perfect for anyone interested in the past! Pre-registraion strongly encouraged; limited to 10 guests. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 8/15/2020 4:00:00 PM 8/15/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Native American History at Killens Pond The history of the Killens Pond area didn’t start with the Dutch settlements in the 1630s. Join us to learn about the Lenape, a nation of Indigenous people who’ve lived along the Delaware River for thousands of years! This is an excellent follow-up to the History 101 program, and perfect for anyone interested in the past! Pre-registraion strongly encouraged; limited to 10 guests. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond State Park

Evening Paddle

Saturday, August 15, 2020

5:30 PM

Join naturalists for an easy evening paddle, searching for wildlife along the way. Masks will be required on land and when entering and exiting the boats. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $15/paddler.

Add to Calendar 8/15/2020 5:30:00 PM 8/15/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Evening Paddle Join naturalists for an easy evening paddle, searching for wildlife along the way. Masks will be required on land and when entering and exiting the boats. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $15/paddler. Killens Pond State Park

Native American History at Killens Pond

Sunday, August 16, 2020

4:00 PM

The history of the Killens Pond area didn’t start with the Dutch settlements in the 1630s. Join us to learn about the Lenape, a nation of Indigenous people who’ve lived along the Delaware River for thousands of years! This is an excellent follow-up to the History 101 program, and perfect for anyone interested in the past! Pre-registraion strongly encouraged; limited to 10 guests. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 8/16/2020 4:00:00 PM 8/16/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Native American History at Killens Pond The history of the Killens Pond area didn’t start with the Dutch settlements in the 1630s. Join us to learn about the Lenape, a nation of Indigenous people who’ve lived along the Delaware River for thousands of years! This is an excellent follow-up to the History 101 program, and perfect for anyone interested in the past! Pre-registraion strongly encouraged; limited to 10 guests. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond State Park

Self-Guided Hike (Nature Center)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

10:30 AM

Check in with a naturalist out front of the nature center from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist some questions you thought of during your hike. Hike is about 0.5 miles on part of the Pondside Trail and connector trails. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 8/19/2020 10:30:00 AM 8/19/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Self-Guided Hike (Nature Center) Check in with a naturalist out front of the nature center from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist some questions you thought of during your hike. Hike is about 0.5 miles on part of the Pondside Trail and connector trails. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond State Park

Self-Guided Hike (Campground)

Friday, August 21, 2020

10:30 AM

Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay.

Add to Calendar 8/21/2020 10:30:00 AM 8/21/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Self-Guided Hike (Campground) Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay. Killens Pond State Park

Charlie and the Cooltone

Friday, August 21, 2020

6:30 PM

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information.

Add to Calendar 8/21/2020 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Charlie and the Cooltone Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information. Killens Pond State Park

FlashArt! (Campground)

Saturday, August 22, 2020

4:00 PM

Do you have an eye for the beauty of nature? Whether you’re into drawing, painting, or photography, you’re invited to FlashArt at Killens Pond State Park! We’ll have items set up for you to use in your visual arts, followed by an optional short hike to see what we can create while viewing nature on its own terms. Beginners and those with experience alike are welcome! Please bring your own materials. Program will begin at the campground amphitheater. Pre-registration strongly encouraged; participation limited to 10 guests. Free with paid park entry

Add to Calendar 8/22/2020 4:00:00 PM 8/22/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York FlashArt! (Campground) Do you have an eye for the beauty of nature? Whether you’re into drawing, painting, or photography, you’re invited to FlashArt at Killens Pond State Park! We’ll have items set up for you to use in your visual arts, followed by an optional short hike to see what we can create while viewing nature on its own terms. Beginners and those with experience alike are welcome! Please bring your own materials. Program will begin at the campground amphitheater. Pre-registration strongly encouraged; participation limited to 10 guests. Free with paid park entry Killens Pond State Park

FlashArt! (Nature Center)

Sunday, August 23, 2020

4:00 PM

Do you have an eye for the beauty of nature? Whether you’re into drawing, painting, or photography, you’re invited to FlashArt at Killens Pond State Park! We’ll have items set up for you to use in your visual arts, followed by an optional short hike to see what we can create while viewing nature on its own terms. Beginners and those with experience alike are welcome! Please bring your own materials. Program will begin at the nature center. Pre-registration strongly encouraged; participation limited to 10 guests. Free with paid park entry

Add to Calendar 8/23/2020 4:00:00 PM 8/23/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York FlashArt! (Nature Center) Do you have an eye for the beauty of nature? Whether you’re into drawing, painting, or photography, you’re invited to FlashArt at Killens Pond State Park! We’ll have items set up for you to use in your visual arts, followed by an optional short hike to see what we can create while viewing nature on its own terms. Beginners and those with experience alike are welcome! Please bring your own materials. Program will begin at the nature center. Pre-registration strongly encouraged; participation limited to 10 guests. Free with paid park entry Killens Pond State Park

Self-Guided Hike (Nature Center)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

10:30 AM

Check in with a naturalist out front of the nature center from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist some questions you thought of during your hike. Hike is about 0.5 miles on part of the Pondside Trail and connector trails. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 8/26/2020 10:30:00 AM 8/26/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Self-Guided Hike (Nature Center) Check in with a naturalist out front of the nature center from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist some questions you thought of during your hike. Hike is about 0.5 miles on part of the Pondside Trail and connector trails. Free with paid park entry. Killens Pond State Park

Wetland Critters

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

4:00 PM

Enjoy a naturalist-led program and learn about the nature center resident reptiles and amphibians! Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Free

Add to Calendar 8/26/2020 4:00:00 PM 8/29/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wetland Critters Enjoy a naturalist-led program and learn about the nature center resident reptiles and amphibians! Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Free Killens Pond State Park

Self-Guided Hike (Campground)

Friday, August 28, 2020

10:30 AM

Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay.

Add to Calendar 8/28/2020 10:30:00 AM 8/28/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Self-Guided Hike (Campground) Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay. Killens Pond State Park

Second Chance Blues

Friday, August 28, 2020

6:30 PM

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information.

Add to Calendar 8/28/2020 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Second Chance Blues Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information. Killens Pond State Park

Self-Guided Hike (Campground)

Friday, September 4, 2020

10:30 AM

Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay.

Add to Calendar 9/4/2020 10:30:00 AM 9/4/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Self-Guided Hike (Campground) Check in with a naturalists near the campground amphitheater from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist questions. Hike is less than 1 mile. Free with paid park entry or camping stay. Killens Pond State Park

Ace of Hearts

Friday, September 4, 2020

6:30 PM

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information.

Add to Calendar 9/4/2020 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Ace of Hearts Enjoy a relaxing evening at the park with live music! The concert is free with paid park entrance fee. The Friends of Killens Pond State Park will not be selling concessions or doing raffles this year. Call the nature center at (302) 284-4299 for more information. Killens Pond State Park

Fungus Among Us (Campground)

Saturday, September 5, 2020

4:00 PM

Have you ever noticed a fungus at your feet and wondered what kind it was? Join us on a short hike from the campground amphitheater where we’ll look for fungi and mushrooms, talk about what makes them different, and see if we can identify some fungi native to the Killens Pond area! Free

Add to Calendar 9/5/2020 4:00:00 PM 9/5/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Fungus Among Us (Campground) Have you ever noticed a fungus at your feet and wondered what kind it was? Join us on a short hike from the campground amphitheater where we’ll look for fungi and mushrooms, talk about what makes them different, and see if we can identify some fungi native to the Killens Pond area! Free Killens Pond State Park

Evening Kayak

Saturday, September 5, 2020

5:30 PM

Join naturalists for an easy evening paddle, searching for wildlife along the way. Masks will be required on land and when entering and exiting the boats. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $15/paddler.

Add to Calendar 9/5/2020 5:30:00 PM 9/5/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Evening Kayak Join naturalists for an easy evening paddle, searching for wildlife along the way. Masks will be required on land and when entering and exiting the boats. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $15/paddler. Killens Pond State Park

Fungus Among Us (Nature Center)

Sunday, September 6, 2020

4:00 PM

Have you ever noticed a fungus at your feet and wondered what kind it was? Join us on a short hike from the nature center where we’ll look for fungi and mushrooms, talk about what makes them different, and see if we can identify some fungi native to the Killens Pond area! Free

Add to Calendar 9/6/2020 4:00:00 PM 9/6/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Fungus Among Us (Nature Center) Have you ever noticed a fungus at your feet and wondered what kind it was? Join us on a short hike from the nature center where we’ll look for fungi and mushrooms, talk about what makes them different, and see if we can identify some fungi native to the Killens Pond area! Free Killens Pond State Park

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