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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: Reptile Hour!

Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Free Saturday, August 24, 2019 at

Add to Calendar 8/24/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/24/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Reptile Hour! Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! 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.

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

Take a Kid Fishing

Saturday, July 20, 2019

12:00 AM

Join the park naturalist and staff from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Resources Education Center for this free day of fishing, activity stations, prizes and the opportunity to learn about the relaxing sport of fishing. All equipment is provided. Pre-registration is required by emailing Mary.Rivera@Delaware.gov. Recommended for families (kids ages 6-15). Space is limited.

Add to Calendar 7/20/2019 12:00:00 AM 7/21/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Take a Kid Fishing Join the park naturalist and staff from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Resources Education Center for this free day of fishing, activity stations, prizes and the opportunity to learn about the relaxing sport of fishing. All equipment is provided. Pre-registration is required by emailing Mary.Rivera@Delaware.gov. Recommended for families (kids ages 6-15). Space is limited. Lums Pond State Park

Twilight Moon Paddle

Sunday, July 21, 2019

8:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of kayaking under the moonlight. Bring water and a flashlight. $25 per person. $38 per couple in a tandem (two seated) kayak. Open to participants 14 years or older (must be with parent or guardian). For all kayaking programs please bring water bottle and wear clothes appropriate for getting wet. Kayaks and PFD’s are provided. Park entrance fee in effect. Participants must know how to swim. In case of inclement weather, registered participants are given a credit for a future class. Space is limited. Pre-registration with payment is required by calling (302) 368-6989.

Add to Calendar 7/21/2019 8:00:00 PM 7/21/2019 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Twilight Moon Paddle Enjoy an evening of kayaking under the moonlight. Bring water and a flashlight. $25 per person. $38 per couple in a tandem (two seated) kayak. Open to participants 14 years or older (must be with parent or guardian). For all kayaking programs please bring water bottle and wear clothes appropriate for getting wet. Kayaks and PFD’s are provided. Park entrance fee in effect. Participants must know how to swim. In case of inclement weather, registered participants are given a credit for a future class. Space is limited. Pre-registration with payment is required by calling (302) 368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Awesome Outdoors Camp

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:30 AM

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 7/22/2019 8:30:00 AM 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM 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

De Tierra Caliente

Thursday, July 25, 2019

6:30 PM

This program is available through a partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, and highlights the rich diversity of music available from local performers. Bring a lawn chair and picnic dinner and meet at Area 1 Pavilion. May be canceled due to weather. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 7/25/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/25/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York De Tierra Caliente This program is available through a partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, and highlights the rich diversity of music available from local performers. Bring a lawn chair and picnic dinner and meet at Area 1 Pavilion. May be canceled due to weather. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. Lums Pond State Park

Campground Performing Arts Series

Friday, July 26, 2019

6:00 PM

Thanks to the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lums Pond is hosting a performing arts series geared toward our campers this summer. Performances include music, storytelling and cultural arts. In case of inclement weather, events are moved to the nature center. The series continues on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 31. For more information, email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov. Free

Add to Calendar 7/26/2019 6:00:00 PM 7/26/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Campground Performing Arts Series Thanks to the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lums Pond is hosting a performing arts series geared toward our campers this summer. Performances include music, storytelling and cultural arts. In case of inclement weather, events are moved to the nature center. The series continues on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 31. For more information, email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov. Free Lums Pond State Park

Reptile Hour!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

11:00 AM

Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 7/27/2019 11:00:00 AM 7/27/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Reptile Hour! Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Slither, Slime, and Climb: Animal Adaptation Camp

Monday, July 29, 2019

8:30 AM

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 7/29/2019 8:30:00 AM 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Slither, Slime, and Climb: 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

Sunset Yoga

Friday, August 2, 2019

7:00 PM

Yoga instructor and park volunteer Jess joins us again this summer for mind and body relaxation beside the best view around! Don’t forget your yoga mat. This is a free program lead by a Delaware State Park volunteer, donations accepted. Participants can pre-register by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/2/2019 7:00:00 PM 8/2/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Sunset Yoga Yoga instructor and park volunteer Jess joins us again this summer for mind and body relaxation beside the best view around! Don’t forget your yoga mat. This is a free program lead by a Delaware State Park volunteer, donations accepted. Participants can pre-register by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Dip-Netting Discovery

Sunday, August 4, 2019

11:00 AM

Did you know Lums Pond is an amazing ecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cute and crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/4/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/4/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Dip-Netting Discovery Did you know Lums Pond is an amazing ecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cute and crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond Water Warriors - FULL

Monday, August 5, 2019

8:30 AM

This camp is full. Please select another camp.

Add to Calendar 8/5/2019 8:30:00 AM 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Lums Pond Water Warriors - FULL This camp is full. Please select another camp. Lums Pond State Park

Beginner Kayak

Thursday, August 8, 2019

6:00 PM

Join park staff for a 45-minute program that starts on land and includes safety, paddling techniques, and practice on the pond. Open to participants 12 years or older (must be with parent or guardian). $15 per person.For all kayaking programs please bring water bottle and wear clothes appropriate for getting wet. Kayaks and PFD’s are provided. Park entrance fee in effect. Participants must know how to swim. In case of inclement weather, registered participants are given a credit for a future class. Space is limited. Pre-registration with payment is required by calling (302) 368-6989.

Add to Calendar 8/8/2019 6:00:00 PM 8/8/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Beginner Kayak Join park staff for a 45-minute program that starts on land and includes safety, paddling techniques, and practice on the pond. Open to participants 12 years or older (must be with parent or guardian). $15 per person.For all kayaking programs please bring water bottle and wear clothes appropriate for getting wet. Kayaks and PFD’s are provided. Park entrance fee in effect. Participants must know how to swim. In case of inclement weather, registered participants are given a credit for a future class. Space is limited. Pre-registration with payment is required by calling (302) 368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Campfire

Friday, August 9, 2019

7:00 PM

Join us for a mid-summer campfire on the main side of the park! Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) and snacks to roast on the fire. Weather permitting. Meets at Area 1. Park entrance fee in effect. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office (302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/9/2019 7:00:00 PM 8/9/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Pondside Campfire Join us for a mid-summer campfire on the main side of the park! Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) and snacks to roast on the fire. Weather permitting. Meets at Area 1. Park entrance fee in effect. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office (302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

New Direction Band

Thursday, August 15, 2019

6:30 PM

This program is available through a partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, and highlights the rich diversity of music available from local performers. Bring a lawn chair and picnic dinner and meet at Area 1 Pavilion. May be canceled due to weather. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 8/15/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/15/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York New Direction Band This program is available through a partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, and highlights the rich diversity of music available from local performers. Bring a lawn chair and picnic dinner and meet at Area 1 Pavilion. May be canceled due to weather. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. Lums Pond State Park

Sunset Yoga

Friday, August 16, 2019

6:30 PM

Yoga instructor and park volunteer Jess joins us again this summer for mind and body relaxation beside the best view around! Don’t forget your yoga mat. This is a free program lead by a Delaware State Park volunteer, ;donations accepted. Participants can pre-register by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/16/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/16/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Sunset Yoga Yoga instructor and park volunteer Jess joins us again this summer for mind and body relaxation beside the best view around! Don’t forget your yoga mat. This is a free program lead by a Delaware State Park volunteer, ;donations accepted. Participants can pre-register by emailing DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Dip-Netting Discovery

Sunday, August 18, 2019

11:00 AM

Did you know Lums Pond is an amazingecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cuteand crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meetsat the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/18/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/18/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Dip-Netting Discovery Did you know Lums Pond is an amazingecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cuteand crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meetsat the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Sunset Kayak

Thursday, August 22, 2019

6:30 PM

So much of what we do at Lums is recreational but do you know about the rich diversity of natural resources of Delaware’s largest freshwater pond? Join us on the pond at sunset, the best hours for wildlife! Open to participants 14 years or older (must be with parent or guardian). $22 per person (single kayak) or $35 per couple in a tandem (two seated) kayak. ; For all kayaking programs please bring water bottle and wear clothes appropriate for getting wet. Kayaks and PFD’s are provided. Park entrance fee in effect. Participants must know how to swim. In case of inclement weather, registered participants are given a credit for a future class. Space is limited. Pre-registration with payment is required by calling (302) 368-6989.

Add to Calendar 8/22/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/22/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Sunset Kayak So much of what we do at Lums is recreational but do you know about the rich diversity of natural resources of Delaware’s largest freshwater pond? Join us on the pond at sunset, the best hours for wildlife! Open to participants 14 years or older (must be with parent or guardian). $22 per person (single kayak) or $35 per couple in a tandem (two seated) kayak. ; For all kayaking programs please bring water bottle and wear clothes appropriate for getting wet. Kayaks and PFD’s are provided. Park entrance fee in effect. Participants must know how to swim. In case of inclement weather, registered participants are given a credit for a future class. Space is limited. Pre-registration with payment is required by calling (302) 368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Campground Performing Arts Series

Friday, August 23, 2019

6:00 PM

Thanks to the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lums Pond is hosting a performing arts series geared toward our campers this summer. Performances include music, storytelling and cultural arts. In case of inclement weather, events are moved to the nature center. The series continues on Saturday, August 31. For more information, email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov. Free

Add to Calendar 8/23/2019 6:00:00 PM 8/23/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Campground Performing Arts Series Thanks to the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lums Pond is hosting a performing arts series geared toward our campers this summer. Performances include music, storytelling and cultural arts. In case of inclement weather, events are moved to the nature center. The series continues on Saturday, August 31. For more information, email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov. Free Lums Pond State Park

Reptile Hour!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

11:00 AM

Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/24/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/24/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Reptile Hour! Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Campfire Picnic

Friday, August 30, 2019

6:00 PM

Join us for this end of summer campfire on the main side of the park! Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) and snacks to roast on the fire. Weather permitting. Meets at Area 1. Park entrance fee in effect. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office (302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/30/2019 6:00:00 PM 8/30/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Pondside Campfire Picnic Join us for this end of summer campfire on the main side of the park! Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) and snacks to roast on the fire. Weather permitting. Meets at Area 1. Park entrance fee in effect. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office (302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Campground Performing Arts Series

Saturday, August 31, 2019

6:00 PM

Thanks to the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lums Pond is hosting a performing arts series geared toward our campers this summer. Performances include music, storytelling and cultural arts. In case of inclement weather, events are moved to the nature center. For more information, email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov. Free

Add to Calendar 8/31/2019 6:00:00 PM 8/31/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Campground Performing Arts Series Thanks to the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lums Pond is hosting a performing arts series geared toward our campers this summer. Performances include music, storytelling and cultural arts. In case of inclement weather, events are moved to the nature center. For more information, email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov. Free Lums Pond State Park

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