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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

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.

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

Summer Camp Saturday!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

11 a.m.

Attend one of these programs that will “sample” things we do in summer camps! Meet a nature center animal, make a nature gnome or play fun camp games! Pre-registration required by the Friday before by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us Free .

Add to Calendar 2/2/2019 11:00 2/2/2019 12:00 America/New_York Summer Camp Saturday! Attend one of these programs that will “sample” things we do in summer camps! Meet a nature center animal, make a nature gnome or play fun camp games! Pre-registration required by the Friday before by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us Free . Lums Pond State Park

Summer Camp Registration Opens

Monday, February 4, 2019

8 a.m.

We’ve got a great new line-up in store for 2019! Enroll your children for one or more of our specialty summer camps that explore the natural environment through fun, creative activities and outdoor recreation! Registration opens February 4. For more information email DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us or call (302) 368-6989. .

Add to Calendar 6 13 America/New_York Summer Camp Registration Opens We’ve got a great new line-up in store for 2019! Enroll your children for one or more of our specialty summer camps that explore the natural environment through fun, creative activities and outdoor recreation! Registration opens February 4. For more information email DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us or call (302) 368-6989. . Lums Pond State Park

Little Turtle Tuesdays

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

11 a.m.

Little ones, ages 3 to 5, and their adults are invited to join the naturalist for nature crafts, games, stories and outdoor adventures. Dress for the weather. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Call (302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us $4 per child, per class .

Add to Calendar 2/5/2019 11:00 2/5/2019 12:00 America/New_York Little Turtle Tuesdays Little ones, ages 3 to 5, and their adults are invited to join the naturalist for nature crafts, games, stories and outdoor adventures. Dress for the weather. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Call (302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us $4 per child, per class . Lums Pond State Park

Natural Resource Series: Fish of Lums Pond

Sunday, February 10, 2019

1 p.m.

Do you know about the rich diversity of natural resources of Delaware’s largest freshwater pond? Join us to learn more about conservation efforts and wildlife communities in and around the park. We will kick this series off in February with a program on the fish of the pond. Be on the lookout for spring programs on reptiles and amphibians, ferns and more! Registration is required by the Thursday before the program by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us or calling (302)368-6989 Free .

Add to Calendar 2/10/2019 13:00 2/10/2019 14:00 America/New_York Natural Resource Series: Fish of Lums Pond Do you know about the rich diversity of natural resources of Delaware’s largest freshwater pond? Join us to learn more about conservation efforts and wildlife communities in and around the park. We will kick this series off in February with a program on the fish of the pond. Be on the lookout for spring programs on reptiles and amphibians, ferns and more! Registration is required by the Thursday before the program by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us or calling (302)368-6989 Free . Lums Pond State Park

Lunchtime Tales

Saturday, February 16, 2019

12 p.m.

Join us as we feed the nature center animals and follow up with a story about a related wild friend! Registration required by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us Free .

Add to Calendar 2/16/2019 12:00 2/16/2019 13:00 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! Registration required by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us Free . Lums Pond State Park

Sunday S'mores Hike and Campfire

Sunday, February 17, 2019

1 p.m.

Take advantage of the long weekend, bundle up, and join us on a hike near the pond followed by a cozy campfire and s’mores. Pre-registration required; call (302) 368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us $5 per person/free for campers .

Add to Calendar 2/17/2019 13:00 2/17/2019 15:00 America/New_York Sunday S'mores Hike and Campfire Take advantage of the long weekend, bundle up, and join us on a hike near the pond followed by a cozy campfire and s’mores. Pre-registration required; call (302) 368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@state.de.us $5 per person/free for campers . Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Adventures: Fossils, Fairies, & Frogs

Monday, June 17, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Get ready for a week of fact, fiction and fun! Let your imagination run wild on a paddle boating trip in search of mythical water creatures such as mermaids and water fairies then dip net along the pond’s edge to discover the true creatures of Lums Pond! This week includes a field trip in search of fossils!

Add to Calendar 6 9 America/New_York Lums Pond Adventures: Fossils, Fairies, & Frogs Get ready for a week of fact, fiction and fun! Let your imagination run wild on a paddle boating trip in search of mythical water creatures such as mermaids and water fairies then dip net along the pond’s edge to discover the true creatures of Lums Pond! This week includes a field trip in search of fossils! Lums Pond State Park

Fish, Fish, Fish

Monday, June 24, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Back by popular demand! Campers spend the week making lures, learning knot tying and of course, fishing! We’ll practice casting, make fish prints, and do some science experiments to make fish slime! Includes a field trip to get an up-close look at Delaware’s native fish and a Friday fishing tournament where everyone’s a winner!

Add to Calendar 7 10 America/New_York Fish, Fish, Fish Back by popular demand! Campers spend the week making lures, learning knot tying and of course, fishing! We’ll practice casting, make fish prints, and do some science experiments to make fish slime! Includes a field trip to get an up-close look at Delaware’s native fish and a Friday fishing tournament where everyone’s a winner! Lums Pond State Park

Ultimate Games Camp

Monday, July 1, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Who will take home the 2019 Ultimate Games Trophy? Spend two days practicing relays and on-the-water games as we build our competition skills in this three-day camp that ends in a friendly competition event between campers from Bellevue, White Clay, and Lums Pond State Parks.

Add to Calendar 8 11 America/New_York Ultimate Games Camp Who will take home the 2019 Ultimate Games Trophy? Spend two days practicing relays and on-the-water games as we build our competition skills in this three-day camp that ends in a friendly competition event between campers from Bellevue, White Clay, and Lums Pond State Parks. Lums Pond State Park

Pirates of the Pond

Monday, July 8, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Aargh you ready for some mid-summer fun with week of water play, pirate games and treasure hunts? Includes nature exploration, animal encounters, crafts, and lots of water activities like water balloons, sprinklers, paddle boating, and dip netting in the pond. Includes a maritime field trip!

Add to Calendar 6 9 America/New_York Pirates of the Pond Aargh you ready for some mid-summer fun with week of water play, pirate games and treasure hunts? Includes nature exploration, animal encounters, crafts, and lots of water activities like water balloons, sprinklers, paddle boating, and dip netting in the pond. Includes a maritime field trip! Lums Pond State Park

Wildlife Ranger Adventures

Monday, July 15, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Kayak the pond in search of wildlife and learn about the adventures you can have when working with wildlife! Peak behind the scenes in conservation efforts, conduct wildlife research, and meet special guests who work with animals and wildlife, including Delaware State Parks’ new K9, Leo! Includes a field trip to see wildlife up close.

Add to Calendar 7 10 America/New_York Wildlife Ranger Adventures Kayak the pond in search of wildlife and learn about the adventures you can have when working with wildlife! Peak behind the scenes in conservation efforts, conduct wildlife research, and meet special guests who work with animals and wildlife, including Delaware State Parks’ new K9, Leo! Includes a field trip to see wildlife up close. Lums Pond State Park

Awesome Outdoors Camp

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Hone those outdoor survival skills by making bamboo fishing poles, hiking sticks, and lean-tos. Meet outdoor professionals who will teach campfire making, tracking, and archery. As a special treat campers will be able to meet Delaware State Parks’ new K9, Leo, who has some outdoor skills of his own! Includes an outdoor recreation field trip.

Add to Calendar 10 13 America/New_York Awesome Outdoors Camp Hone those outdoor survival skills by making bamboo fishing poles, hiking sticks, and lean-tos. Meet outdoor professionals who will teach campfire making, tracking, and archery. As a special treat campers will be able to meet Delaware State Parks’ new K9, Leo, who has some outdoor skills of his own! Includes an outdoor recreation field trip. Lums Pond State Park

Animal Adaptation Camp!

Monday, July 29, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Animals have wild adaptations for survival! Fish can make slime to slip away from trouble. Snakes can slither their bodies through tiny spaces. Flying squirrels can soar from tree to tree. We will explore animal adaptations through up-close encounters with real live animal guests and a rock climbing field trip then try our hand at a few science experiments (including slime) to learn more about wild survival!

Add to Calendar 8 11 America/New_York Animal Adaptation Camp! Animals have wild adaptations for survival! Fish can make slime to slip away from trouble. Snakes can slither their bodies through tiny spaces. Flying squirrels can soar from tree to tree. We will explore animal adaptations through up-close encounters with real live animal guests and a rock climbing field trip then try our hand at a few science experiments (including slime) to learn more about wild survival! Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Water Warriors

Monday, August 5, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Campers will become water warriors after kayaking and paddle boating the largest pond in Delaware, tubing down the Brandywine, traveling to Fort Delaware State Park by boat and splashing around the Killens Pond Water Park!

Add to Calendar 10 13 America/New_York Lums Pond Water Warriors Campers will become water warriors after kayaking and paddle boating the largest pond in Delaware, tubing down the Brandywine, traveling to Fort Delaware State Park by boat and splashing around the Killens Pond Water Park! Lums Pond State Park

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