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Lums Pond State Park


About the Park

Before the pond existed, St. Georges Creek flowed through the hardwood forest and was the site of several Native American hunting camps. The creek was dammed in the early 1800's when the C & D canal was built. Water from the pond was used to fill the locks of the canal and power a small mill. This area was first used as a state park in 1963.

pavilion at Lums Pond

Featured Program: Harvest Hike

Bring your family and friends this Black Friday and skip the long lines to walk off that stuffing! Free Friday, November 29, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Add to Calendar 11/29/2019 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Harvest Hike Bring your family and friends this Black Friday and skip the long lines to walk off that stuffing! Free Lums Pond State Park


Going Ape

Ziplining at Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course at Lums Pond State Park

The Go Ape ziplining course allows visitors to see the park from a whole new perspective – from the treetops! The main course, for ages 10 and up, is a 2- to 3-hour adventure featuring rope ladders, treetop crossings, Tarzan swings and four zip lines that take you over the pond. Younger climbers can experience safe climbing fun on the Treetop Junior course.

Camping

Camping at Lums Pond State Park

The newly-renovated campground offers sites with three-point hookups (water, electric and sewer), as well as four horse campsites without hookups. If you prefer a bed to a bedroll, stay in one of our yurts! These round stationary structures with canvas walls feature a single and double bed bunked together, a double bed-sized futon, an outdoor seating area, and outdoor deck.

University of Delaware fightin blue hen logo

The Place To Be for UD Home Games!

Lums Pond is proud to be the official campground of UD Athletics! This fall football season, bring your friends and families out to cheer on our home team, and then spend the night at our new and improved campground. Watch for special discounts during football season!

Fishing and Boating

As the largest freshwater pond in Delaware, Lums Pond is one of the best fishing spots in the state, with anglers landing crappie, bluegill, perch, pickerel, largemouth bass, and more. Striped bass is stocked periodically. Fishing permits are required. Click for information about fishing licenses. WARNING: The State online automated fishing license system is NOT compatible with mobile devices or iPads and may encounter printing issues with touch screen computers and apple products.

Bring your own boat, or rent one of ours: rowboats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available, and a boat launching ramp and two piers allow easy access to the water. The Summit North Marina on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal offers private slips for 250 boats and fuel sales, boat storage and repair services.

Horseback Riding

The Little Jersey Trail is a shared-use trail designated for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The campground has four horse campsites where riders can enjoy a getaway without the need for daily trailering.

  • Access to the riding trail is limited to park operating hours (8 a.m. to sunset.)
  • Vehicles and trailers used for the transport of horses must park in designated areas.
  • Riding trails may be closed due to hazardous conditions or at the Division’s discretion.
  • Riders are responsible for cleaning up after their horses on roadways and in parking areas.

The Lums Pond Equestrian Center, operated by Sunset Stables, offers riding lessons, day camps, trail rides, birthday parties and a tack shop. Open by appointment. Visit the Sunset Stables website

Sport Fields and Courts

Football, soccer, softball, and cricket fields may be rented through the park office for a $50 fee. Tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts are first-come, first-served. Horseshoe, volleyball, and softball equipment may be rented for $25 during the summer season. Individuals renting equipment must be at least 18 years of age, present a valid driver's license as proof of age, and may leave either the driver's license or $50 as a deposit.

Nature Store

Lums Pond’s nature store, located in the park office, stocks t-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts, books related to gardening, fishing and camping, a wide assortment of children's books and toys, and nature-themed gifts.

Nature Preserve

Lums Pond Woods Nature Preserve – This Nature Preserve is a great example of a Northern Coastal Plain/Piedmont Basic Mesic hardwood Forest. Delmarva Bays are scattered throughout the forest. This Nature Preserve captures all the mature woodlands within the Park.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian, bike, horse) in and outside of Nature Preserve. Parking in park.

Acreage: 181 acres

Upcoming Events

Campground Weekend: Giving Thanks to Our Campers

Friday, November 29, 2019

12:00 AM

If you are camping this weekend join us for one of our camper appreciation events! Friday we will have a harvest hike on the main side of the park. Saturday we will have hayrides in the campground. Check calendar for details on programs.

Add to Calendar 11/29/2019 12:00:00 AM 11/30/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Campground Weekend: Giving Thanks to Our Campers If you are camping this weekend join us for one of our camper appreciation events! Friday we will have a harvest hike on the main side of the park. Saturday we will have hayrides in the campground. Check calendar for details on programs. Lums Pond State Park

Harvest Hike

Friday, November 29, 2019

1:00 PM

Bring your family and friends this black Friday and skip the long lines to walk off that stuffing!

Add to Calendar 11/29/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/29/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Harvest Hike Bring your family and friends this black Friday and skip the long lines to walk off that stuffing! Lums Pond State Park

Camper Appreciation Hayrides at the Campground

Saturday, November 30, 2019

12:00 PM

We are giving thanks for all our wonderful campers. Join us on a short hayride around the campground! Meet at the Bulletin board near the bathhouse.

Add to Calendar 11/30/2019 12:00:00 PM 11/30/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Camper Appreciation Hayrides at the Campground We are giving thanks for all our wonderful campers. Join us on a short hayride around the campground! Meet at the Bulletin board near the bathhouse. Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Trail Days

Saturday, December 7, 2019

11:00 AM

Join a guided group hike to shake off some of those winter blues and learn about different trails around Lums Pond. The naturalist will be able to point out helpful tips for hiking the pond and provide information on the local natural resources and the history of Lums Pond. Free

Add to Calendar 12/7/2019 11:00:00 AM 12/7/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Lums Pond Trail Days Join a guided group hike to shake off some of those winter blues and learn about different trails around Lums Pond. The naturalist will be able to point out helpful tips for hiking the pond and provide information on the local natural resources and the history of Lums Pond. Free Lums Pond State Park

Holiday Wreath Making

Saturday, December 7, 2019

1:00 PM

Use nature's bounty to make a wreath for the holidays! Program includes natural materials to make a wreath. There will be two different style of door wreath designs to choose from. Please bring clippers and gloves. Pre-registration is required before Wednesday, December 5; call (302) 368-6989. $30 per person.

Add to Calendar 12/7/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/7/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Wreath Making Use nature's bounty to make a wreath for the holidays! Program includes natural materials to make a wreath. There will be two different style of door wreath designs to choose from. Please bring clippers and gloves. Pre-registration is required before Wednesday, December 5; call (302) 368-6989. $30 per person. Lums Pond State Park

Winter Greens Ornament Making

Sunday, December 8, 2019

1:00 PM

Perfect for the whole family, using nature's greens we will be making different types of ornaments perfect to decorate your home! $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/8/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/8/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Greens Ornament Making Perfect for the whole family, using nature's greens we will be making different types of ornaments perfect to decorate your home! $5 per person Lums Pond State Park

Nature as a Classroom

Friday, December 13, 2019

1:00 PM

Discover how science, math, language, and art can all be observed at the park during this time of year. During this 1-2 hour program kids can learn about the importance of the freezing pond, the unique patterns of snowflakes, the spectacular call of an Eastern-Screech owl, or the magnificent colors of a cardinal. Best suited for kids ages 6-11. Pre-registration required. Free

Add to Calendar 12/13/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/13/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Nature as a Classroom Discover how science, math, language, and art can all be observed at the park during this time of year. During this 1-2 hour program kids can learn about the importance of the freezing pond, the unique patterns of snowflakes, the spectacular call of an Eastern-Screech owl, or the magnificent colors of a cardinal. Best suited for kids ages 6-11. Pre-registration required. Free Lums Pond State Park

Winter Solstice Celebration Campfire

Saturday, December 21, 2019

1:00 PM

Come out to the nature center for a campfire in celebration of the winter solstice! Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 pm. Cost includes a craft, a nature center animal encounter, and hot cocoa and marshmallows to roast around the fire. Animal encounter starts at 1:00 pm followed by campfire and crafts. $5 per person/free for campers

Add to Calendar 12/21/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/21/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Solstice Celebration Campfire Come out to the nature center for a campfire in celebration of the winter solstice! Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 pm. Cost includes a craft, a nature center animal encounter, and hot cocoa and marshmallows to roast around the fire. Animal encounter starts at 1:00 pm followed by campfire and crafts. $5 per person/free for campers Lums Pond State Park

Lunchtime Tales

Saturday, December 28, 2019

1:00 PM

Join us as we feed the nature center animals and follow up with a story about a related wild friend! Free

Add to Calendar 12/28/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/28/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Lunchtime Tales Join us as we feed the nature center animals and follow up with a story about a related wild friend! Free Lums Pond State Park

First Day Hike

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

1:00 PM

Start off the New Year with the whole family. Join us at the Area 1 pavilion on the first day of the year for a guided hike alongside the pond on the Swamp Forest trail. Free

Add to Calendar 1/1/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/1/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York First Day Hike Start off the New Year with the whole family. Join us at the Area 1 pavilion on the first day of the year for a guided hike alongside the pond on the Swamp Forest trail. Free Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Trail Days

Saturday, January 4, 2020

11:00 AM

Join a guided group hike to shake off some of those winter blues and learn about different trails around Lums Pond. The naturalist will be able to point out helpful tips for hiking the pond and provide information on the local natural resources and the history of Lums Pond. Free

Add to Calendar 1/4/2020 11:00:00 AM 1/4/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Lums Pond Trail Days Join a guided group hike to shake off some of those winter blues and learn about different trails around Lums Pond. The naturalist will be able to point out helpful tips for hiking the pond and provide information on the local natural resources and the history of Lums Pond. Free Lums Pond State Park

Nature as a Classroom

Friday, January 10, 2020

1:00 PM

Discover how science, math, language, and art can all be observed at the park during this time of year. During this 1-2 hour program kids can learn about the importance of the freezing pond, the unique patterns of snowflakes, the spectacular call of an Eastern-Screech owl, or the magnificent colors of a cardinal. Best suited for kids ages 6-11. Pre-registration required. Free

Add to Calendar 1/10/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/10/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Nature as a Classroom Discover how science, math, language, and art can all be observed at the park during this time of year. During this 1-2 hour program kids can learn about the importance of the freezing pond, the unique patterns of snowflakes, the spectacular call of an Eastern-Screech owl, or the magnificent colors of a cardinal. Best suited for kids ages 6-11. Pre-registration required. Free Lums Pond State Park

Natural Resource Series at Lums -- Citizen Science: Eastern Blue Bird Nest Box Monitoring Program

Saturday, January 11, 2020

1:00 PM

The park will be starting a new nest box monitoring program, and we need your help to create a volunteer team dedicated to maintaining and monitoring the boxes in the park. This program will be an introduction to the importance and biology of bluebirds as well as what will be expected in the monitoring program. Volunteers for the monitoring must be 17 years or older, but all are welcome for this introductory program. Call the park office to register, (302) 368-6989. Free

Add to Calendar 1/11/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/11/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Natural Resource Series at Lums -- Citizen Science: Eastern Blue Bird Nest Box Monitoring Program The park will be starting a new nest box monitoring program, and we need your help to create a volunteer team dedicated to maintaining and monitoring the boxes in the park. This program will be an introduction to the importance and biology of bluebirds as well as what will be expected in the monitoring program. Volunteers for the monitoring must be 17 years or older, but all are welcome for this introductory program. Call the park office to register, (302) 368-6989. Free Lums Pond State Park

Lunchtime Tales

Saturday, January 25, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us as we feed the nature center animals and follow up with a story about a related wild friend! Free

Add to Calendar 1/25/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/25/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Lunchtime Tales Join us as we feed the nature center animals and follow up with a story about a related wild friend! Free Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Trail Days

Saturday, February 1, 2020

11:00 AM

Join a guided group hike to shake off some of those winter blues and learn about different trails around Lums Pond. The naturalist will be able to point out helpful tips for hiking the pond and provide information on the local natural resources and the history of Lums Pond. Free

Add to Calendar 2/1/2020 11:00:00 AM 2/1/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Lums Pond Trail Days Join a guided group hike to shake off some of those winter blues and learn about different trails around Lums Pond. The naturalist will be able to point out helpful tips for hiking the pond and provide information on the local natural resources and the history of Lums Pond. Free Lums Pond State Park

Nature as a Classroom

Friday, February 7, 2020

1:00 PM

Discover how science, math, language, and art can all be observed at the park during this time of year. During this 1-2 hour program kids can learn about the importance of the freezing pond, the unique patterns of snowflakes, the spectacular call of an Eastern-Screech owl, or the magnificent colors of a cardinal. Best suited for kids ages 6-11. Pre-registration required. Free

Add to Calendar 2/7/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/7/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Nature as a Classroom Discover how science, math, language, and art can all be observed at the park during this time of year. During this 1-2 hour program kids can learn about the importance of the freezing pond, the unique patterns of snowflakes, the spectacular call of an Eastern-Screech owl, or the magnificent colors of a cardinal. Best suited for kids ages 6-11. Pre-registration required. Free Lums Pond State Park

Valentines Hike and S'mores Campfire

Saturday, February 15, 2020

5:00 PM

You and your loved ones can join our naturalist staff for a guided sunset hike along the pond. Afterwards, you can bundle up by a cozy campfire to toast marshmallows for some delicious s'mores! Pre-registration required; call (302) 368-6989. $5 per person/free for campers

Add to Calendar 2/15/2020 5:00:00 PM 2/15/2020 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Valentines Hike and S'mores Campfire You and your loved ones can join our naturalist staff for a guided sunset hike along the pond. Afterwards, you can bundle up by a cozy campfire to toast marshmallows for some delicious s'mores! Pre-registration required; call (302) 368-6989. $5 per person/free for campers Lums Pond State Park

Lunchtime Tales

Saturday, February 22, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us as we feed the nature center animals and follow up with a story about a related wild friend! Free

Add to Calendar 2/22/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/22/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Lunchtime Tales Join us as we feed the nature center animals and follow up with a story about a related wild friend! Free Lums Pond State Park

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