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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 23 - 30, 2022
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

Wetland Critters

Sunday, September 26, 2021

2:00 PM

Enjoy a naturalist-led program complete with a close-up look at some of our nature center resident reptiles and amphibians! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 9/26/2021 2:00:00 PM 9/26/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Wetland Critters Enjoy a naturalist-led program complete with a close-up look at some of our nature center resident reptiles and amphibians! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person Killens Pond State Park

Going Batty!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

2:00 PM

What's that in the sky? Is it a bird or a plane? No, it's just your favorite flying mammal! Join us as we explore the world of bats: discussing their myths and mysteries, their impacts and what you may be able to do to help them! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay

Add to Calendar 10/2/2021 2:00:00 PM 10/2/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Going Batty! What's that in the sky? Is it a bird or a plane? No, it's just your favorite flying mammal! Join us as we explore the world of bats: discussing their myths and mysteries, their impacts and what you may be able to do to help them! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay Killens Pond State Park

Public Wagon Ride

Saturday, October 2, 2021

6:00 PM

Enjoy a 40-minute trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride - bring your own blankets if desired as there will be no hay added to the wagon benches. Weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/2/2021 6:00:00 PM 10/2/2021 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Public Wagon Ride Enjoy a 40-minute trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride - bring your own blankets if desired as there will be no hay added to the wagon benches. Weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person Killens Pond State Park

Going Batty!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

2:00 PM

What's that in the sky? Is it a bird or a plane? No, it's just your favorite flying mammal! Join us as we explore the world of bats: discussing their myths and mysteries, their impacts and what you may be able to do to help them! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay

Add to Calendar 10/3/2021 2:00:00 PM 10/3/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Going Batty! What's that in the sky? Is it a bird or a plane? No, it's just your favorite flying mammal! Join us as we explore the world of bats: discussing their myths and mysteries, their impacts and what you may be able to do to help them! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay Killens Pond State Park

Local Legends

Saturday, October 9, 2021

2:00 PM

Come join us for fun frights as we learn about the supernatural side of the Kent County region! Frights are family-friendly. Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay

Add to Calendar 10/9/2021 2:00:00 PM 10/9/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Local Legends Come join us for fun frights as we learn about the supernatural side of the Kent County region! Frights are family-friendly. Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay Killens Pond State Park

Public Wagon Ride

Saturday, October 9, 2021

6:00 PM

Enjoy a 40-minute trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride - bring your own blankets if desired as there will be no hay added to the wagon benches. Weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/9/2021 6:00:00 PM 10/9/2021 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Public Wagon Ride Enjoy a 40-minute trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride - bring your own blankets if desired as there will be no hay added to the wagon benches. Weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person Killens Pond State Park

Local Legends

Sunday, October 10, 2021

2:00 PM

Come join us for fun frights as we learn about the supernatural side of the Kent County region! Frights are family-friendly. Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay

Add to Calendar 10/10/2021 2:00:00 PM 10/10/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Local Legends Come join us for fun frights as we learn about the supernatural side of the Kent County region! Frights are family-friendly. Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay Killens Pond State Park

Eco-Explorers: Spiders

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

1:00 PM

Time to learn if spiders really are as scary as some think! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student

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Add to Calendar 10/12/2021 1:00:00 PM 10/12/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Eco-Explorers: Spiders Time to learn if spiders really are as scary as some think! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student Killens Pond State Park

Eco-Explorers: Spiders

Thursday, October 14, 2021

1:00 PM

Time to learn if spiders really as scary as some think! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student

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Add to Calendar 10/14/2021 1:00:00 PM 10/14/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Eco-Explorers: Spiders Time to learn if spiders really as scary as some think! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student Killens Pond State Park

It's a Great Pumpkin

Saturday, October 16, 2021

2:00 PM

Join a naturalist to learn the life cycle of a pumpkin. Children will learn how pumpkins grow and take a look at what is inside them. Then everyone will get the opportunity to get creative with a pumpkin! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per participant

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Add to Calendar 10/16/2021 2:00:00 PM 10/16/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York It's a Great Pumpkin Join a naturalist to learn the life cycle of a pumpkin. Children will learn how pumpkins grow and take a look at what is inside them. Then everyone will get the opportunity to get creative with a pumpkin! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per participant Killens Pond State Park

Public Wagon Ride

Saturday, October 16, 2021

6:00 PM

Enjoy a 40-minute trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride - bring your own blankets if desired as there will be no hay added to the wagon benches. Weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/16/2021 6:00:00 PM 10/16/2021 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Public Wagon Ride Enjoy a 40-minute trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride - bring your own blankets if desired as there will be no hay added to the wagon benches. Weather permitting. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person Killens Pond State Park

It's a Great Pumpkin

Sunday, October 17, 2021

2:00 PM

Join a naturalist to learn the life cycle of a pumpkin. Children will learn how pumpkins grow and take a look at what is inside them. Then everyone will get the opportunity to get creative with a pumpkin! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per participant

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Add to Calendar 10/17/2021 2:00:00 PM 10/17/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York It's a Great Pumpkin Join a naturalist to learn the life cycle of a pumpkin. Children will learn how pumpkins grow and take a look at what is inside them. Then everyone will get the opportunity to get creative with a pumpkin! Saturday at the campground amphitheater; Sunday at the nature center. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per participant Killens Pond State Park

KPSP History

Saturday, November 6, 2021

2:00 PM

Have you ever wondered about the founding of Killens Pond State Park? Join naturalists to learn about the early history of the area (dating back to the most recent ice age), European settlement here, and the formation of the pond and our beautiful state park! Saturday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay

Add to Calendar 11/6/2021 2:00:00 PM 11/6/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York KPSP History Have you ever wondered about the founding of Killens Pond State Park? Join naturalists to learn about the early history of the area (dating back to the most recent ice age), European settlement here, and the formation of the pond and our beautiful state park! Saturday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay Killens Pond State Park

Veterans Day Hike

Thursday, November 11, 2021

2:00 PM

Celebrate Veterans Day by joining us on a hike around Killens Pond! See the park from all of its angles. There will also be a shorter hiking option available for those that want to come out and celebrate but are not interested in the longer hike. Hike will start out front of the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay

Add to Calendar 11/11/2021 2:00:00 PM 11/11/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Veterans Day Hike Celebrate Veterans Day by joining us on a hike around Killens Pond! See the park from all of its angles. There will also be a shorter hiking option available for those that want to come out and celebrate but are not interested in the longer hike. Hike will start out front of the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay Killens Pond State Park

Know it Owls

Saturday, November 13, 2021

2:00 PM

Think you know everything about owls?! Come test your knowledge and maybe learn something about owls and their many adaptations. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay

Add to Calendar 11/13/2021 2:00:00 PM 11/13/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Know it Owls Think you know everything about owls?! Come test your knowledge and maybe learn something about owls and their many adaptations. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay Killens Pond State Park

Eco-Explorers: Camouflage

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

1:00 PM

Learn about adaptations of camouflage and mimicry, then see who you can find! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student

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Add to Calendar 11/16/2021 1:00:00 PM 11/16/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Eco-Explorers: Camouflage Learn about adaptations of camouflage and mimicry, then see who you can find! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student Killens Pond State Park

Eco-Explorers: Camouflage

Thursday, November 18, 2021

1:00 PM

Learn about adaptations of camouflage and mimicry, then see who you can find! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student

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Add to Calendar 11/18/2021 1:00:00 PM 11/18/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Eco-Explorers: Camouflage Learn about adaptations of camouflage and mimicry, then see who you can find! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student Killens Pond State Park

KPSP Native American History

Saturday, November 20, 2021

2:00 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 have lived along the Delaware River for thousands of years! Saturday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay

Add to Calendar 11/20/2021 2:00:00 PM 11/20/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York KPSP Native American History 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 have lived along the Delaware River for thousands of years! Saturday at the nature center. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free with paid park entry or camping stay Killens Pond State Park

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