The centerpiece of Killens Pond State Park, conveniently located in central Delaware, is the 66-acre millpond, which was established in the late 1700s. Before the pond was created, the Murderkill River and surrounding hardwood forest were sites of several Native American homes and hunting camps. Killens Pond became a state park in 1965.
The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel, all of which await the patient angler.* A convenient boat launching ramp is available, and canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer. Paddlers will also enjoy the park's water trail up the Murderkill River.
A fishing license required to fish in Delaware State Parks. Get info about fishing permits
Starting from 54 feet in the air, our two speed slides and two spiral slides with tunnels offer heart-pounding excitement for those who dare! The main pool's zero-depth entrance makes getting in and out easy, and smaller visitors will enjoy the tot pool and tot lot, featuring bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system. A food concession and swim shop offer everything you need for a day full of waterpark fun. A separate per-person admission fee is charged at the waterpark. Visit our waterpark page
The year-round wooded campground offers electric and water hookups, accommodating both tents and recreational vehicles, as well as a primitive walk-in camping loop for tents only. Family cabins sleep four and feature an efficiency kitchen with an eating area, bedroom, bath with shower, A/C, and heat. The roomier, deluxe Pond View Cottage has extra amenities and an outstanding view of the pond. Click for Camping Information
Hiking and biking trails and a cross-country running course wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals. Game courts and ball fields satisfy the athlete, and an 18-hole disc golf course challenges players to test their skill with a flying disc. The park also features playground equipment and picnic areas, and four pavilions are available to reserve for larger group events. Educational and recreational programs are conducted throughout the year at the Killens Pond Nature Center, which also features a permanent exhibit of local reptiles and amphibians and is also available for meetings and private events. Rent the Killens Pond Nature Center
Fork Branch Nature Preserve – contains mature upland forest and is the second largest forest tract in the St. Jones River watershed and coastal plain pond wetlands. Barred owls nest in the mature floodplain forest (Barred owls are a species of conservation concern due to the little mature floodplain remaining in Delaware) and it is also home to a variety of migratory and resident birds including Red-shouldered Hawk, another species of conservation concern, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, White-breasted Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpecker..
Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking on site.
Acreage: 257 acres
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Dip-Netting at the Pond Sunday, August 19 1 p.m. Ever wonder what a baby dragonfly looks like? Use a process called dip-netting to catch them and hopefully a few other species of pond critters to view up close. Dress in clothes that can get messy for this program! $2 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Buried Treasures Friday, August 24 7 p.m. Learn what archaeologists can discover by looking at artifacts. Bring one of your own found treasures from home and try to "stump the archaeologist" to identify your artifact! Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Conservation Technology Saturday, August 25 1 p.m. How do we use technology to help preserve our wildlife and natural areas? Learn how we are using iPads, Geoswap, and other apps. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Hayrides Saturdays, June 9 - August 25 7 and 8 p.m. trips The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited: please reserve your spot by calling the Nature Center before 1 p.m. on the day of the ride. Meet at the campground Amphitheater. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Night Hikes Saturdays; June 30, July 28, August 11 and 25 9 p.m. Meet at the Campground Amphitheater to begin an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark hikes. Hikes last 1 to 1 and a half hours, and participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Moonlight Kayak Tours Sundays; June 24, July 29, and August 26 8 - 10 p.m. Join us as we paddle by the light of the full moon! Meet at the Nature Center and then head to the boats. All experience levels welcome. Please bring a headlamp or borrow one of ours.Paddles last 1 and a half to 2 hours. Please pre-register as space is limited. To pre-register, call (302) 248-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.