Trap Pond State Park

Laurel, Delaware

Open Daily 8 a.m. to Sunset

Boating and Paddling

Boating among the baldcypress is a favorite pastime at the park. Rowboats, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented during the summer season, and the park interpreter hosts narrated pontoon boat tours on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A boat launching ramp can accommodate small motorized boats for fishing or scenic excursions. Anglers on the water or shore may land largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie, and bluegills. In addition to paddling the pond, Trap Pond features three canoe trails for those who wish to explore the swamp's interior.

Trail Notes for Paddlers

Those who want to go down the James Branch trail need to file a float permit with the nature center.

Trap Pond Boat Rental Fees

Must be 18 with a valid ID to rent a boat.

Anyone 12 and under must be accompanied in their boat by someone 18 or older.

Boat Rental Hours this summer:
Monday through Thursday:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Last rental no later than 5 p.m.
Friday through Sunday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Last rental no later than 6 p.m.

Half-Hourly Rate Hourly Rate Daily Rate
Rowboats N/A $7 $35
Canoes N/A $8 $40
Pedal Boat $6 $10 $50
Paddle Boards N/A $8 N/A
Kayak N/A $9 (Single)
$11 (Tandem)
$45 (Single)
$55 (Tandem)