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Trap Pond State Park


About the Park

Trap Pond was once the site of a large freshwater wetland and still hosts the country's northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a sawmill used in harvesting the baldcypress. The federal government purchased the pond and surrounding farmland during the 1930s, and the Civilian Conservation Corps began to develop the area for recreation. Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951.

Featured Program: Huck Finn Tournament (Fishing)

No store-bought equipment at this tournament. We will be making our own “Cane” or “Spring” poles. Come at 8 a.m. for assistance making your pole. Tournament starts at 9 a.m., ends at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the boathouse. Properly licensed adults are welcome but may be exempt from prizes. Free Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Add to Calendar 9/15/2019 8:00:00 AM America/New_York Featured Program: Huck Finn Tournament (Fishing) No store-bought equipment at this tournament. We will be making our own “Cane” or “Spring” poles. Come at 8 a.m. for assistance making your pole. Tournament starts at 9 a.m., ends at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the boathouse. Properly licensed adults are welcome but may be exempt from prizes. Free Trap Pond State Park


Boating and Fishing

Canoing and kayaking are popular at Trap Pond State Park

Rowboats, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented for use within the park during the summer season, and park interpreters host narrated pontoon boat tours on summer weekends and holidays. One of the streams that flows into Trap Pond has been marked as a wilderness canoe trail. A boat launching ramp accommodates small motorized boats for fishing or exploring the pond. Anglers may land a variety of fish, from pickerel, crappie, and bluegills to catfish, American eel and largemouth bass. Fishing license required. Get info about fishing permits.

Camping

Island campsite at Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond’s campground offers a wide variety of sites beneath its tall loblolly pines, including RV and tent sites with water and electric, walk-in tent sites, two popular island tent sites, and primitive camping areas for youth groups (available by reservation only). Waterfront climate- controlled camping cabins, each with a living area and bedroom, are available year-round. Yurts, round stationary structures with canvas walls, allow a rustic camping experience without having to pitch your own tent. Click for info and reservations

Recreation

Hiking, biking, and horse trails provide plenty of ways to explore the park. Birdwatchers may spot Bald Eagles, Pileated Woodpeckers, orioles, Wood Ducks, tanagers, and a variety of warblers, depending on the season. Shaded picnic areas overlook the pond, and three pavilions may be reserved for group events. Additional recreation areas include volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, athletic fields, and a children’s playground. The Baldcypress Nature Center features a variety of displays and programs, and hosts a popular concert series during the summer.

Baldcypress Nature Center

Baldcypress nature center interior animal displays

Discover the story of the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees on the east coast at Trap Pond’s Baldcypress Nature Center. You’ll find programs for park guests of all ages and learn about the history of one of Delaware’s original state parks.

Nature Preserve

Nanticoke River Nature Preserve – is located along Butler Mill Branch, a tributary of the Nanticoke River. It is comprised of upland forest and Atlantic White Cedar.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking along road.

Acreage: 23 acres

Upcoming Events

Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour

Sunday, September 15, 2019

10:00 AM

Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home.

Add to Calendar 9/15/2019 10:00:00 AM 9/15/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home. Trap Pond State Park

Pontoon Grab Bag Tour

Sunday, September 15, 2019

2:00 PM

Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week.

Add to Calendar 9/15/2019 2:00:00 PM 9/15/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Pontoon Grab Bag Tour Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week. Trap Pond State Park

Evening Pontoon Boat Tour

Friday, September 20, 2019

5:00 PM

Enjoy the Bald-cypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our famous residents, the bald-cypress tree.

Add to Calendar 9/20/2019 5:00:00 PM 9/20/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Evening Pontoon Boat Tour Enjoy the Bald-cypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our famous residents, the bald-cypress tree. Trap Pond State Park

Wildlife from the Water Pontoon Tour

Saturday, September 21, 2019

10:00 AM

What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat. We will explore the pond in search of animals feeding and drinking, and some just wading around.

Add to Calendar 9/21/2019 10:00:00 AM 9/21/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Wildlife from the Water Pontoon Tour What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat. We will explore the pond in search of animals feeding and drinking, and some just wading around. Trap Pond State Park

Boating Through History Pontoon Tour

Saturday, September 21, 2019

2:00 PM

Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past.

Add to Calendar 9/21/2019 2:00:00 PM 9/21/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Boating Through History Pontoon Tour Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past. Trap Pond State Park

Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour

Sunday, September 22, 2019

10:00 AM

Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home.

Add to Calendar 9/22/2019 10:00:00 AM 9/22/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home. Trap Pond State Park

Pontoon Grab Bag Tour

Sunday, September 22, 2019

2:00 PM

Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week.

Add to Calendar 9/22/2019 2:00:00 PM 9/22/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Pontoon Grab Bag Tour Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week. Trap Pond State Park

Evening Pontoon Boat Tour

Friday, September 27, 2019

5:00 PM

Enjoy the Bald-cypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our famous residents, the bald-cypress tree.

Add to Calendar 9/27/2019 5:00:00 PM 9/27/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Evening Pontoon Boat Tour Enjoy the Bald-cypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our famous residents, the bald-cypress tree. Trap Pond State Park

Wildlife from the Water Pontoon Tour

Saturday, September 28, 2019

10:00 AM

What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat. We will explore the pond in search of animals feeding and drinking, and some just wading around.

Add to Calendar 9/28/2019 10:00:00 AM 9/28/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Wildlife from the Water Pontoon Tour What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat. We will explore the pond in search of animals feeding and drinking, and some just wading around. Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond Partners Beer, Wine, and Spirits Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2019

12:00 PM

Visit https://www.trappondpartners.com/beer-wine-spirits-fest.html for details.

Add to Calendar 9/28/2019 12:00:00 PM 9/28/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Trap Pond Partners Beer, Wine, and Spirits Festival Visit https://www.trappondpartners.com/beer-wine-spirits-fest.html for details. Trap Pond State Park

Boating Through History Pontoon Tour

Saturday, September 28, 2019

2:00 PM

Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past.

Add to Calendar 9/28/2019 2:00:00 PM 9/28/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Boating Through History Pontoon Tour Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past. Trap Pond State Park

Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour

Sunday, September 29, 2019

10:00 AM

Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home.

Add to Calendar 9/29/2019 10:00:00 AM 9/29/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home. Trap Pond State Park

Pontoon Grab Bag Tour

Sunday, September 29, 2019

2:00 PM

Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week.

Add to Calendar 9/29/2019 2:00:00 PM 9/29/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Pontoon Grab Bag Tour Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week. Trap Pond State Park

Evening Pontoon Boat Tour

Friday, October 4, 2019

5:00 PM

Enjoy the Bald-cypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our famous residents, the bald-cypress tree.

Add to Calendar 10/4/2019 5:00:00 PM 10/4/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Evening Pontoon Boat Tour Enjoy the Bald-cypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our famous residents, the bald-cypress tree. Trap Pond State Park

Wildlife from the Water Pontoon Tour

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10:00 AM

What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat. We will explore the pond in search of animals feeding and drinking, and some just wading around.

Add to Calendar 10/5/2019 10:00:00 AM 10/5/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Wildlife from the Water Pontoon Tour What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat. We will explore the pond in search of animals feeding and drinking, and some just wading around. Trap Pond State Park

Boating Through History Pontoon Tour

Saturday, October 5, 2019

2:00 PM

Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past.

Add to Calendar 10/5/2019 2:00:00 PM 10/5/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Boating Through History Pontoon Tour Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past. Trap Pond State Park

Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour

Sunday, October 6, 2019

10:00 AM

Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home.

Add to Calendar 10/6/2019 10:00:00 AM 10/6/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home. Trap Pond State Park

Pontoon Grab Bag Tour

Sunday, October 6, 2019

2:00 PM

Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week.

Add to Calendar 10/6/2019 2:00:00 PM 10/6/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Pontoon Grab Bag Tour Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week. Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond Partners Meeting

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

7:00 PM

The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/

Add to Calendar 10/9/2019 7:00:00 PM 10/9/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Trap Pond Partners Meeting The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/ Trap Pond State Park

Evening Pontoon Boat Tour

Friday, October 11, 2019

5:00 PM

Enjoy the Bald-cypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our famous residents, the bald-cypress tree.

Add to Calendar 10/11/2019 5:00:00 PM 10/11/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Evening Pontoon Boat Tour Enjoy the Bald-cypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our famous residents, the bald-cypress tree. Trap Pond State Park

Wildlife from the Water Pontoon Tour

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10:00 AM

What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat. We will explore the pond in search of animals feeding and drinking, and some just wading around.

Add to Calendar 10/12/2019 10:00:00 AM 10/12/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Wildlife from the Water Pontoon Tour What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat. We will explore the pond in search of animals feeding and drinking, and some just wading around. Trap Pond State Park

Boating Through History Pontoon Tour

Saturday, October 12, 2019

2:00 PM

Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past.

Add to Calendar 10/12/2019 2:00:00 PM 10/12/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Boating Through History Pontoon Tour Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past. Trap Pond State Park

Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour

Sunday, October 13, 2019

10:00 AM

Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home.

Add to Calendar 10/13/2019 10:00:00 AM 10/13/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour Come out on our guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of our furry pond residents. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats, and other mammals that call Trap Pond home. Trap Pond State Park

Pontoon Grab Bag Tour

Sunday, October 13, 2019

2:00 PM

Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week.

Add to Calendar 10/13/2019 2:00:00 PM 10/13/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Pontoon Grab Bag Tour Learn about a different subject every Sunday. An eclectic selection will have you wanting to attend each week. Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond Partners Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

7:00 PM

The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/

Add to Calendar 11/13/2019 7:00:00 PM 11/13/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Trap Pond Partners Meeting The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/ Trap Pond State Park

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