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Lums Pond State Park


Whale Wallow Trail Closure

The Whale Wallow Loop trail next to the nature center will close to the public on March 1 for improvements and repairs to the boardwalk. It is expected to reopen in late spring or early summer.

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 Adventure Park, 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, treetops crossings, a Tarzan swing and four epic ziplines that take you over the pond. Go Ape also offers the Treetop Journey course, a perfect 1-hour introduction to aerial adventure, open to all ages.

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

Wild in the Park

Monday, June 14, 2021

8:30 AM

Get ready for a week of discovering all things wild about the park. Dip net along the pond’s edge to discover the true creatures living under the surface! Take a boat out on the pond to search of wildlife. Get up close with some of the resident animals that call Lums Pond home.

Add to Calendar 6/14/2021 8:30:00 AM 6/18/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wild in the Park Get ready for a week of discovering all things wild about the park. Dip net along the pond’s edge to discover the true creatures living under the surface! Take a boat out on the pond to search of wildlife. Get up close with some of the resident animals that call Lums Pond home. Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Anglers (Session 1)

Monday, June 21, 2021

8:30 AM

This fishing camp will take campers on an adventure to explore some of the best fishing spots at Lums Pond. Campers will get to experiment with different types of bait and head out on the water to test their angling skills! Campers may bring their own equipment, but all needed equipment will be provided.

Add to Calendar 6/21/2021 8:30:00 AM 6/25/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Lums Pond Anglers (Session 1) This fishing camp will take campers on an adventure to explore some of the best fishing spots at Lums Pond. Campers will get to experiment with different types of bait and head out on the water to test their angling skills! Campers may bring their own equipment, but all needed equipment will be provided. Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Outdoor Survivors

Monday, June 28, 2021

8:30 AM

Hone those outdoor survival skills by making bamboo fishing poles, hiking sticks and lean-tos. Team up to build shelters that can stand up to the outdoors and use different techniques to make the best campfire. Find out if you are up to the outdoor survival challenge!

Add to Calendar 6/28/2021 8:30:00 AM 7/2/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Lums Pond Outdoor Survivors Hone those outdoor survival skills by making bamboo fishing poles, hiking sticks and lean-tos. Team up to build shelters that can stand up to the outdoors and use different techniques to make the best campfire. Find out if you are up to the outdoor survival challenge! Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Adventures

Monday, July 5, 2021

8:30 AM

This camp will be packed with a little bit of everything! Explore the pond by boat and put a line in the water to find the biggest catch! From water games to races, fill your summer day with all things adventurous.

Add to Calendar 7/5/2021 8:30:00 AM 7/9/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Adventures This camp will be packed with a little bit of everything! Explore the pond by boat and put a line in the water to find the biggest catch! From water games to races, fill your summer day with all things adventurous. Lums Pond State Park

Pirates of the Pond

Monday, July 12, 2021

8:30 AM

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

Add to Calendar 7/12/2021 8:30:00 AM 7/16/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pirates of the Pond Aargh you ready for some mid-summer fun with a week of water play, pirate games and treasure hunts? This week includes nature exploration, animal encounters, crafts and lots of water activities like water balloons, paddle boating and dip netting in the pond. Lums Pond State Park

Fish, Fish, Fish

Monday, July 19, 2021

8:30 AM

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! Get an up-close look at Delaware’s native fish and take part in a Friday fishing tournament where everyone’s a winner!

Add to Calendar 7/19/2021 8:30:00 AM 7/23/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Fish, Fish, Fish 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! Get an up-close look at Delaware’s native fish and take part in a Friday fishing tournament where everyone’s a winner! Lums Pond State Park

Wildlife Ranger Adventures

Monday, July 26, 2021

8:30 AM

Kayak the pond in search of wildlife and learn about the adventures you can have when working with wildlife! Peek behind the scenes at conservation efforts, conduct wildlife research and enjoy a week of exciting adventure at Lums Pond.

Add to Calendar 7/26/2021 8:30:00 AM 7/30/2021 12:00:00 AM 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! Peek behind the scenes at conservation efforts, conduct wildlife research and enjoy a week of exciting adventure at Lums Pond. Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Anglers (Session 2)

Monday, August 2, 2021

8:30 AM

This fishing camp will take campers on an adventure to explore some of the best fishing spots at Lums Pond. Campers will get to experiment with different types of bait, and head out on the water to test their angling skills! Campers may bring their own equipment, but all equipment needed will be provided.

Add to Calendar 8/2/2021 8:30:00 AM 8/6/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Lums Pond Anglers (Session 2) This fishing camp will take campers on an adventure to explore some of the best fishing spots at Lums Pond. Campers will get to experiment with different types of bait, and head out on the water to test their angling skills! Campers may bring their own equipment, but all equipment needed will be provided. Lums Pond State Park

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