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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

Terrific Tracks

Saturday, January 29, 2022

1:00 PM

What are those strange markings on the ground? Join a naturalist to learn about different signs that animals leave behind while traveling through the forest and fields. Meet at the nature center. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 1/29/2022 1:00:00 PM 1/29/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Terrific Tracks What are those strange markings on the ground? Join a naturalist to learn about different signs that animals leave behind while traveling through the forest and fields. Meet at the nature center. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free Killens Pond State Park

Winter Hiking Series

Sunday, February 6, 2022

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 1.2 miles long.Dogs on leash welcome. Starting location will vary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 2/6/2022 1:00:00 PM 2/6/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series 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 1.2 miles long.Dogs on leash welcome. Starting location will vary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free Killens Pond State Park

Skull Detectives

Saturday, February 12, 2022

1:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to know whose skull is whose? Join the nature center staff to learn the basics of skull anatomy and then put your skills to the test! For ages 5 and older with an adult. Program will meet at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Online registration closes 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 2/12/2022 1:00:00 PM 2/12/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Skull Detectives Do you have what it takes to know whose skull is whose? Join the nature center staff to learn the basics of skull anatomy and then put your skills to the test! For ages 5 and older with an adult. Program will meet at the nature center. Pre-registration required. Online registration closes 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per person Killens Pond State Park

Eco-Explorers: Food Chains

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

1:00 PM

What brings everything and everyone together? Food! Discover how the natural world is connected through food chains. Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. Ages 6 -12. Online registration ends 22 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-284-4299. $5 per student

Register Online

Add to Calendar 2/15/2022 1:00:00 PM 2/15/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Eco-Explorers: Food Chains What brings everything and everyone together? Food! Discover how the natural world is connected through food chains. Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. 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

Summer Day Camp Open House

Friday, February 18, 2022

6:00 PM

Come tour the Killens Pond Nature Center, home of Killens Pond Day Camps. Ask questions and learn what day camp at Killens Pond is all about! You may complete camp registration at this event. This is a 2 hour drop in event. Enter the park through the special events gate. Call 302-284-4299 for more information.

Add to Calendar 2/18/2022 6:00:00 PM 2/18/2022 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Summer Day Camp Open House Come tour the Killens Pond Nature Center, home of Killens Pond Day Camps. Ask questions and learn what day camp at Killens Pond is all about! You may complete camp registration at this event. This is a 2 hour drop in event. Enter the park through the special events gate. Call 302-284-4299 for more information. Killens Pond State Park

Winter Hiking Series

Sunday, February 20, 2022

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 miles long. Dogs on leash welcome. Starting location will vary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 2/20/2022 1:00:00 PM 2/20/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series 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 miles long. Dogs on leash welcome. Starting location will vary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free Killens Pond State Park

Delaware Bats

Saturday, February 26, 2022

2:00 PM

Bats are one of the most mysterious and least understood groups of mammals. Discover the bats of Delaware: the species we have, how to attract or safely evict them, and how to prevent the spread of White-Nose Syndrome. You will also find out what the state is doing for bats and how you can help! This program will be presented by Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. Meet at the nature center. Free

Add to Calendar 2/26/2022 2:00:00 PM 2/26/2022 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Delaware Bats Bats are one of the most mysterious and least understood groups of mammals. Discover the bats of Delaware: the species we have, how to attract or safely evict them, and how to prevent the spread of White-Nose Syndrome. You will also find out what the state is doing for bats and how you can help! This program will be presented by Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. Meet at the nature center. Free Killens Pond State Park

Winter Hiking Series

Sunday, March 6, 2022

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. Dogs on leash welcome. Starting location will vary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 3/6/2022 1:00:00 PM 3/6/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series 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. Dogs on leash welcome. Starting location will vary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free Killens Pond State Park

Grow a Living Bird Feeder

Saturday, March 12, 2022

2:00 PM

Each year during spring and fall migration, up to 4 billion birds fill the skies over the United States. Each needs food to complete their journey. Learn how your yard or garden can be used to grow a living bird feeder that attracts these amazing birds and helps them succeed in their migration. This talk includes a discussion of species diversity, seasonality, garden design elements and the importance of your property in a regional context. This program will be presented by a member of the Delaware Ornithological Society. Program will be held at the nature center. Space is limited; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 3/12/2022 2:00:00 PM 3/12/2022 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Grow a Living Bird Feeder Each year during spring and fall migration, up to 4 billion birds fill the skies over the United States. Each needs food to complete their journey. Learn how your yard or garden can be used to grow a living bird feeder that attracts these amazing birds and helps them succeed in their migration. This talk includes a discussion of species diversity, seasonality, garden design elements and the importance of your property in a regional context. This program will be presented by a member of the Delaware Ornithological Society. Program will be held at the nature center. Space is limited; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free Killens Pond State Park

Winter Hiking Series

Sunday, March 20, 2022

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 3.1 miles long - a full 5K! Dogs on leash welcome. Starting location will vary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free

Add to Calendar 3/20/2022 1:00:00 PM 3/20/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Hiking Series 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 3.1 miles long - a full 5K! Dogs on leash welcome. Starting location will vary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to pre-register. Free Killens Pond State Park

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