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Killens Pond State Park


Park Closed on Saturday, 12/5

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will close Killens Pond State Park Saturday, Dec. 5 for the 2020 Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) Cross Country state championship races. The park will reopen at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

For the safety of the competing teams and to limit community spread of COVID-19, DIAA has announced that no spectators will be permitted at this year’s championships. Instead, the races will be live streamed by the DIAA. The DIAA will broadcast Division II Girls 10:30 a.m., Division II Boys at noon, Division I Girls 1:30 p.m. and Division I Boys 3 p.m.

To support the DIAA mandate, the park will be closed during the championship Saturday to avoid any large gatherings.

To watch the races or for more information about the championship, visit www.doe.k12.de.us/diaa.

Find Your Adventure at Killens Pond

Couple hiking the Killens Pond State Park Pondside Trail

Hike the Pondside Trail

This 2.6 mile trail loops around the edge of the park’s 66-acre millpond, and offers beautiful views of the pond and surrounding habitats. As you hike, look and listen for Pileated Woodpecker, prothonotary warbler or barred owl. Visit in autumn to enjoy spectacular fall foliage.

Kayak crossing the pond at Killes Pond State Park

Paddle or Boat the Pond

Killens Pond is the perfect place to kayak, canoe, boat, or peddleboat. Watch for resident nesting bald eagles overhead or perched in the tall pines along the ponds edge. Head towards the Murderkill River for a terrific paddle, and watch for a small stand of baldcypress trees.

The Killens Pond Nature Center features environmentally-conscious architecture and amazing views of the pond.

Visit the Nature Center

Stop by the park’s nature center to see live animals and learn about the creatures that live here. Pack a picnic, and enjoy lunch with a view on the Nature Center’s outdoor deck. Join a park naturalist for an educational program, including guided hikes, kayak tours, and more.

The Killens Pond Waterpark is a popular Kent County destination.

Make a Splash in the Waterpark

Don’t miss the Killens Pond Waterpark! Complete with four speed slides, a leisure pool, and a tot lot for younger visitors, the waterpark offers excitement and relaxation for everyone.

 

 

 

Crappie in the waters at Killens Pond

Fish from the Spillway

Cast a line for bass, crappie and sunfish. This fishing spot is reminiscent of local waterways where Native Americans fished, hunted, and lived. The abundance of life around the water allowed Native Americans to thrive in the area that is now Killens Pond State Park.

The Pondside Bridge at Killens Pond offers great views of the pond.

Superintendent’s Pick: Pondside Bridge

Hike to the Pondside Bridge and see where the Murderkill River meets Killens Pond! Scan the shoreline for a water snake basking in the sun or hunting small fish and frogs. Access the bridge from the Pondside Trail or the cross country course.

About the Park

Named for its centerpiece, the 66-acre Killens Pond, this state park features a waterpark, various watercraft rentals and the popular Pondside Loop Trail. The Lenape people once lived here, and the pond was created when the Murderkill River was dammed to power grist and sawmills. It is now home to a variety of fish, including bass, crappie and sunfish. The new state-of-the art elevated boardwalk allows pedestrians and bikers a safe passage along Killens Pond Road while benches and bump outs allow for wildlife watching and fishing. Kayakers and boaters can launch from the boat launch at the far end of the walkway. The waterpark features four tall slides, a main pool and baby pool, and a tot lot. The campground provides a reprieve in the woods and Delaware’s State tree, the American Holly, is plentiful. Visitors to the park’s nature center can see live animal exhibits that feature native reptiles and amphibians. The Pileated Woodpecker, Prothonotary Warbler and Barred Owl can often be heard in the woods at the park.

Friends of Killens Pond State Park Photo Contest

Entries due between April 22 - 29, 2023
Photos will be on display for the month of May.

Photos must be taken in a state park and cannot display any people, domestic animals, man-made structures, or items. Photo categories include: landscapes, birds, insects, seascapes, animals, and trees. No photo-shopping or altering of photos is allowed.

Photos should be submitted on white matting with outer dimensions not to exceed 16”x20” and must have a sturdy hanger on the back. There is a $10 entry fee per photo (cash or check). All submissions must be submitted at the Killens Park Nature Center and include your name and phone number on the back. Please contact the Killens Nature Center at 302-284-4299 with any questions. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Killens Pond State Park.

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

Leave it to Beavers!

Sunday, December 4, 2022

1:00 PM

Have you ever seen a tree chewed on by beavers and wanted to learn more about them? Join a naturalist to learn all about beavers. Program meets at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DRNEC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 12/4/2022 1:00:00 PM 12/4/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Leave it to Beavers! Have you ever seen a tree chewed on by beavers and wanted to learn more about them? Join a naturalist to learn all about beavers. Program meets at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DRNEC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free Killens Pond

Terrific Tracks and Traces

Saturday, December 10, 2022

1:00 PM

Animals leave many signs that they are around even when you can’t see them. Come find out which animals make certain tracks and what other signs they may leave. Program meets at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DRNEC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 12/10/2022 1:00:00 PM 12/10/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Terrific Tracks and Traces Animals leave many signs that they are around even when you can’t see them. Come find out which animals make certain tracks and what other signs they may leave. Program meets at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DRNEC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free Killens Pond

Forever Green: Evergreen Hike

Saturday, December 17, 2022

1:00 PM

Winter is not the best time for most trees, but some stay green all year. Join nature center staff to find out why evergreen trees are -forever green- and hike part of the pondside trail to see what type of evergreens are here. Program meets at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DRNEC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 12/17/2022 1:00:00 PM 12/17/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Forever Green: Evergreen Hike Winter is not the best time for most trees, but some stay green all year. Join nature center staff to find out why evergreen trees are -forever green- and hike part of the pondside trail to see what type of evergreens are here. Program meets at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DRNEC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information or to pre-register. Free Killens Pond

PaintNite by Day Fundraiser for the Friends of Killens Pond State Park

Saturday, January 14, 2023

1:00 PM

Help the Friends of Killens Pond State Park raise money and have fun doing it! This PaintNite by Day fundraiser will be lead by a local artist. All experience levels encouraged. Program meets at the nature center and will last 2 hours. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DRNEC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information and how to pre-register. $35/painter.

Add to Calendar 1/14/2023 1:00:00 PM 1/14/2023 3:00:00 PM America/New_York PaintNite by Day Fundraiser for the Friends of Killens Pond State Park Help the Friends of Killens Pond State Park raise money and have fun doing it! This PaintNite by Day fundraiser will be lead by a local artist. All experience levels encouraged. Program meets at the nature center and will last 2 hours. Pre-registration required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DRNEC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov for more information and how to pre-register. $35/painter. Killens Pond

Winter Hiking Series #1

Sunday, January 15, 2023

1:00 PM

Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 0.5 mile long and will begin at the nature center. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free

Add to Calendar 1/15/2023 1:00:00 PM 1/15/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series #1 Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 0.5 mile long and will begin at the nature center. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free Killens Pond

Walking and Wellness: For Humans and Nature

Sunday, January 22, 2023

1:00 PM

There’s an intersection between how humans live and how the native ecosystem thrives - how do we walk that line? Join us while we hike the trails and discuss some of the ways humans coexist with the natural world. Program starts at the nature center. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to register and for more information; pre-registration required. Free

Add to Calendar 1/22/2023 1:00:00 PM 1/22/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Walking and Wellness: For Humans and Nature There’s an intersection between how humans live and how the native ecosystem thrives - how do we walk that line? Join us while we hike the trails and discuss some of the ways humans coexist with the natural world. Program starts at the nature center. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to register and for more information; pre-registration required. Free Killens Pond

Winter Hiking Series #2

Saturday, January 28, 2023

1:00 PM

Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 0.8 mile long and meet at the sports complex parking lot. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free

Add to Calendar 1/28/2023 1:00:00 PM 1/28/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series #2 Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 0.8 mile long and meet at the sports complex parking lot. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free Killens Pond

Winter Hiking Series #3

Saturday, February 11, 2023

1:00 PM

Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 1.1 miles long and will begin at the nature center. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free

Add to Calendar 2/11/2023 1:00:00 PM 2/11/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series #3 Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 1.1 miles long and will begin at the nature center. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free Killens Pond

Winter Hiking Series #4

Saturday, February 25, 2023

1:00 PM

Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 1.5 miles long and will begin at the campground overflow parking lot. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free

Add to Calendar 2/25/2023 1:00:00 PM 2/25/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series #4 Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 1.5 miles long and will begin at the campground overflow parking lot. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free Killens Pond

Winter Hiking Series #5

Saturday, March 11, 2023

1:00 PM

Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 2.5 miles long and will begin at the nature center. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free

Add to Calendar 3/11/2023 1:00:00 PM 3/11/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series #5 Stay motivated to get outside and hike this winter! Join a naturalist twice a month on a group hike at Killens Pond State Park. Hikes will begin short and get progressively longer as the year goes on (0.5 - 3.1 miles). This week's hike will be 2.5 miles long and will begin at the nature center. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free Killens Pond

First Hike of Spring!

Saturday, March 25, 2023

1:00 PM

Join naturalists for the final hike of the winter hiking series on our first hike of spring! This week's hike will be 3.1 miles long and will begin at sports complex parking lot. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free

Add to Calendar 3/25/2023 1:00:00 PM 3/25/2023 2:30:00 PM America/New_York First Hike of Spring! Join naturalists for the final hike of the winter hiking series on our first hike of spring! This week's hike will be 3.1 miles long and will begin at sports complex parking lot. Dogs on leash welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-284-4299 or email DNREC_KPSPNatureCenter@delaware.gov to pre-register and for more information. Free Killens Pond

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