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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.

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.

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, August 19, 2018

10 a.m.

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. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Add to Calendar 8/19/2018 10:00:00 AM 8/19/2018 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. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Trap Pond State Park

Youth Fishing Tournament

Sunday, August 19, 2018

08 a.m.

Open to ages 15 and under. Meet at the boat house for free fishing instruction and other activities from 8 to 9 am. Fishing tournament will begin at 9 and run until 11. Catch and release is encouraged. Equipment can be provided (please mention when you register), or bring your own. Free

Add to Calendar 8/19/2018 8:00:00 AM 8/19/2018 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Youth Fishing Tournament Open to ages 15 and under. Meet at the boat house for free fishing instruction and other activities from 8 to 9 am. Fishing tournament will begin at 9 and run until 11. Catch and release is encouraged. Equipment can be provided (please mention when you register), or bring your own. Free Trap Pond State Park

Evening Pontoon Boat Tour

Friday, August 24, 2018

5 p.m.

Enjoy the Baldcypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour. We will talk about one of our most famous residents, the Baldcypress tree. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Add to Calendar 8/24/2018 5:00:00 PM 8/24/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Evening Pontoon Boat Tour Enjoy the Baldcypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour. We will talk about one of our most famous residents, the Baldcypress tree. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Trap Pond State Park

Friday Night Bingo

Friday, August 24, 2018

7 p.m.

Try your luck at our weekly campground bingo games. There will be lots of prizes for the young and the young at heart. Meet at the campground pavilion. $0.50 a card.

Add to Calendar 8/24/2018 7:00:00 PM 8/24/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Friday Night Bingo Try your luck at our weekly campground bingo games. There will be lots of prizes for the young and the young at heart. Meet at the campground pavilion. $0.50 a card. Trap Pond State Park

Boating Through History

Saturday, August 25, 2018

2 p.m.

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 trough the past. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 2:00:00 PM 8/25/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Boating Through History 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 trough the past. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Trap Pond State Park

Campground Activity Hour

Saturday, August 25, 2018

2 p.m.

Learn about activities that the park and local community offer such as fishing, boating, and local museums. Meet at the campground pavilion. No registration needed. Check our Facebook page for weekly program themes.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 2:00:00 PM 8/25/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Campground Activity Hour Learn about activities that the park and local community offer such as fishing, boating, and local museums. Meet at the campground pavilion. No registration needed. Check our Facebook page for weekly program themes. Trap Pond State Park

Campground Crafts

Saturday, August 25, 2018

10 a.m.

Meet at the campground pavilion for a creative session of crafts. All necessary supplies will be provided and we will make a different craft each week. $2 per craft.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 10:00:00 AM 8/25/2018 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Campground Crafts Meet at the campground pavilion for a creative session of crafts. All necessary supplies will be provided and we will make a different craft each week. $2 per craft. Trap Pond State Park

Fish Tales

Saturday, August 25, 2018

1 p.m.

Net some of our aquatic pond creatures from the shoreline. Meet at the boat house for this hour long program. Bring shoes and clothes that can get muddy.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 1:00:00 PM 8/25/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Fish Tales Net some of our aquatic pond creatures from the shoreline. Meet at the boat house for this hour long program. Bring shoes and clothes that can get muddy. Trap Pond State Park

Summer Wagon Ride

Saturday, August 25, 2018

5 p.m.

Take a ride to Cypress Point in our farm wagon. Enjoy the woods and waters of Trap Pond in true farmer fashion as you learn about the nature and culture surrounding the pond. Sign up at the camp store at least one hour before the program

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 5:00:00 PM 8/25/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Summer Wagon Ride Take a ride to Cypress Point in our farm wagon. Enjoy the woods and waters of Trap Pond in true farmer fashion as you learn about the nature and culture surrounding the pond. Sign up at the camp store at least one hour before the program Trap Pond State Park

Wildlife From the Water

Saturday, August 25, 2018

10 a.m.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 10:00:00 AM 8/25/2018 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Wildlife From the Water Trap Pond State Park

Aquatic Mammals Pontoon Tour

Sunday, August 26, 2018

10 a.m.

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 8/26/2018 10:00:00 AM 8/26/2018 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

Evening Pontoon Boat Tour

Friday, August 31, 2018

5 p.m.

Enjoy the Baldcypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour. We will talk about one of our most famous residents, the Baldcypress tree.

Add to Calendar 8/31/2018 5:00:00 PM 8/31/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Evening Pontoon Boat Tour Enjoy the Baldcypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour. We will talk about one of our most famous residents, the Baldcypress tree. Trap Pond State Park

Friday Night Bingo

Friday, August 31, 2018

7 p.m.

Try your luck at our weekly campground bingo games. There will be lots of prizes for the young and the young at heart. Meet at the campground pavilion.

Add to Calendar 8/31/2018 7:00:00 PM 8/31/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Friday Night Bingo Try your luck at our weekly campground bingo games. There will be lots of prizes for the young and the young at heart. Meet at the campground pavilion. Trap Pond State Park

Labor Day Concert@5:30 p.m.:The Reminders

Saturday, September 1, 2018

6 p.m.

Americana/ Blues/ Country/Gospel

Add to Calendar 09/01/2018 06:00 PM 09/01/2018 08:00 PM America/New_York Labor Day Concert@5:30 p.m.:The Reminders Americana/ Blues/ Country/Gospel Trap Pond State Park

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