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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Saturday, February 2, 2019
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 .
Monday, February 4, 2019
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. .
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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 .
Sunday, February 10, 2019
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 .
Saturday, February 16, 2019
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 .
Sunday, February 17, 2019
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 .
Monday, June 17, 2019
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!
Monday, June 24, 2019
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!
Monday, July 1, 2019
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.
Monday, July 8, 2019
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!
Monday, July 15, 2019
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.
Monday, July 22, 2019
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.
Monday, July 29, 2019
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!
Monday, August 5, 2019
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!