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Lums Pond State Park


Tropical Storm Isaias Advisories

The latest weather projections from the National Weather Service have the major impacts of the storm hitting Delaware in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 4th, sometime around 2 a.m., and continuing through Tuesday evening. This weather event includes heavy rains, minor coastal flooding and sustained winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

Camping Advisory: We recommend that you take all necessary precautions to secure and protect your camping equipment and if possible, move to higher ground during this period. A liberal cancellation policy is in effect; cancellations may be made by contacting 1-877-987-2757. Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations.

Surf Fishing and Swimming Advisory: All surf fishing crossings will close at sunset on Monday, August 3, and all guarded swimming beaches are closed Tuesday, August 4. In addition, the Killens Pond Water Park is also closed on Tuesday, August 4, with refunds for any advanced tickets purchased.

Find Your Adventure at Lums Pond

Swamp Forest trail signpost at Lums Pond State Park

Hike the Swamp Forest Trail

Discover Delaware’s largest millpond! Witness spectacular views along this 6.4-mile trail that weaves through diverse habitats along the pond’s edge.

Biker on the Swamp Forest Trail

Bike the Trails

Lums Pond State Park features bike trails for all skill levels. Experienced bikers can try the more challenging Swamp Forest Trail, while the 8-mile long Little Jersey Trail is enjoyable for all skill levels.

 

 

Pedalboat crossing Killens Pond in late afternoon

Paddle the Pond

Kayak, canoe, or pedalboat around the pond and look for wildlife. Spot turtles basking on logs, Great Blue Herons standing along the shoreline, and osprey flying overhead. Find the best fishing spots and reel in a largemouth bass.

Young  man on Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course zip line

Try a New Adventure

Zip through the trees at Go Ape's Treetop Adventure Course, go horseback riding at Sunset Stables, or dock your boat at Summit North Marina to grab a bite to eat at Grain H2O. Endless adventures await!

RV at the Lums Pond State Park campground

Get Outside

Lums Pond State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Plan a picnic, play a round of disc golf, bring your four-legged friends to the dog park, or go camping at the Lums Pond Campground!

Rocking chairs await at the Whale Wallow Nature Center at Lums Pond State Park.

Superintendent’s Pick: Visit the Nature Center

Stop by the nature center to learn about the park and its native wildlife. See live reptiles and freshwater fish tanks, then sign up for a program. We recommend the guided kayak tour!

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.

Reader's Digest recommends Lums Pond State Park as the best RV park in Delaware.

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

Wildlife Wonders with a Naturalist

Saturday, October 31, 2020

1:00 PM

Join the naturalist at the nature center for a program focused on all things wild and wonderful! Each program will have a different topic focused on wildlife found around the park. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Pre-Registration required, to register call the park office at 302-368-6989.

Add to Calendar 10/31/2020 1:00:00 PM 10/31/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Wildlife Wonders with a Naturalist Join the naturalist at the nature center for a program focused on all things wild and wonderful! Each program will have a different topic focused on wildlife found around the park. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Pre-Registration required, to register call the park office at 302-368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Fall Trail Days

Sunday, November 1, 2020

10:00 AM

Celebrate the colorful changes that autumn brings to the hardwood forest through a naturalist led hike through one of the park's many trails. We will discuss why the leaves change their color and what happens to wildlife as the seasons change. Pre-registration is required, call 302-368-6989 to register.

Add to Calendar 11/1/2020 10:00:00 AM 11/1/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Fall Trail Days Celebrate the colorful changes that autumn brings to the hardwood forest through a naturalist led hike through one of the park's many trails. We will discuss why the leaves change their color and what happens to wildlife as the seasons change. Pre-registration is required, call 302-368-6989 to register. Lums Pond State Park

Wildlife Wonders with the Naturalist

Saturday, November 7, 2020

1:00 PM

Join the naturalist at the nature center for a program focused on all things wild and wonderful! Each program will have a different topic focused on wildlife found around the park. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Pre-Registration required, to register call the park office at 302-368-6989.

Add to Calendar 11/7/2020 1:00:00 PM 11/7/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Wildlife Wonders with the Naturalist Join the naturalist at the nature center for a program focused on all things wild and wonderful! Each program will have a different topic focused on wildlife found around the park. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Pre-Registration required, to register call the park office at 302-368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Tales from the Whale Wallow

Saturday, November 21, 2020

1:00 PM

Come learn about the diverse habitats found at Lums Pond! We will uncover what is special about Delmarva bays and the preserve located behind the nature center. Pre-Registration required, to register call the park office at 302-368-6989.

Add to Calendar 11/21/2020 1:00:00 PM 11/21/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Tales from the Whale Wallow Come learn about the diverse habitats found at Lums Pond! We will uncover what is special about Delmarva bays and the preserve located behind the nature center. Pre-Registration required, to register call the park office at 302-368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Fall Trail Days

Sunday, November 22, 2020

10:00 AM

Celebrate the colorful changes that autumn brings to the hardwood forest through a naturalist led hike through one of the park's many trails. We will discuss why the leaves change their color and what happens to wildlife as the seasons change. Pre-registration is required, call 302-368-6989 to register.

Add to Calendar 11/22/2020 10:00:00 AM 11/22/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Fall Trail Days Celebrate the colorful changes that autumn brings to the hardwood forest through a naturalist led hike through one of the park's many trails. We will discuss why the leaves change their color and what happens to wildlife as the seasons change. Pre-registration is required, call 302-368-6989 to register. Lums Pond State Park

Holiday Wreath Making

Saturday, December 5, 2020

11:00 AM

Use nature's bounty to make a wreath for the holidays! Program includes natural materials to make a wreath. There will be two different styles of door wreath designs to choose from. Please bring your own clippers and gloves. Pre-registration is required before Wednesday, December 2nd. $30 per person. This event will be held with limited capacity in two sessions. Session one will begin at 11:00 a.m., and session two will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Add to Calendar 12/5/2020 11:00:00 AM 12/5/2020 4:00:00 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 styles of door wreath designs to choose from. Please bring your own clippers and gloves. Pre-registration is required before Wednesday, December 2nd. $30 per person. This event will be held with limited capacity in two sessions. Session one will begin at 11:00 a.m., and session two will begin at 2:00 p.m. Lums Pond State Park

Winter Greens Ornament Making

Sunday, December 6, 2020

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! $8 per person, pre-registration required. Call 302-368-6989 to register.

Add to Calendar 12/6/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/6/2020 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! $8 per person, pre-registration required. Call 302-368-6989 to register. Lums Pond State Park

Tales from the Whale Wallow

Saturday, December 19, 2020

1:00 PM

Come learn about the diverse habitats found at Lums Pond! In December, we will look at wetlands and how we can protect them. Pre-Registration required, to register call the park office at 302-368-6989.

Add to Calendar 12/19/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/19/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Tales from the Whale Wallow Come learn about the diverse habitats found at Lums Pond! In December, we will look at wetlands and how we can protect them. Pre-Registration required, to register call the park office at 302-368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

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