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Killens Pond State Park


Park Closed on Saturday, 12/5

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will close Killens Pond State Park Saturday, Dec. 5 for the 2020 Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) Cross Country state championship races. The park will reopen at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

For the safety of the competing teams and to limit community spread of COVID-19, DIAA has announced that no spectators will be permitted at this year’s championships. Instead, the races will be live streamed by the DIAA. The DIAA will broadcast Division II Girls 10:30 a.m., Division II Boys at noon, Division I Girls 1:30 p.m. and Division I Boys 3 p.m.

To support the DIAA mandate, the park will be closed during the championship Saturday to avoid any large gatherings.

To watch the races or for more information about the championship, visit www.doe.k12.de.us/diaa.

Find Your Adventure at Killens Pond

Couple hiking the Killens Pond State Park Pondside Trail

Hike the Pondside Trail

This 2.6 mile trail loops around the edge of the park’s 66-acre millpond, and offers beautiful views of the pond and surrounding habitats. As you hike, look and listen for Pileated Woodpecker, prothonotary warbler or barred owl. Visit in autumn to enjoy spectacular fall foliage.

Kayak crossing the pond at Killes Pond State Park

Paddle or Boat the Pond

Killens Pond is the perfect place to kayak, canoe, boat, or peddleboat. Watch for resident nesting bald eagles overhead or perched in the tall pines along the ponds edge. Head towards the Murderkill River for a terrific paddle, and watch for a small stand of baldcypress trees.

The Killens Pond Nature Center features environmentally-conscious architecture and amazing views of the pond.

Visit the Nature Center

Stop by the park’s nature center to see live animals and learn about the creatures that live here. Pack a picnic, and enjoy lunch with a view on the Nature Center’s outdoor deck. Join a park naturalist for an educational program, including guided hikes, kayak tours, and more.

The Killens Pond Waterpark is a popular Kent County destination.

Make a Splash in the Waterpark

Don’t miss the Killens Pond Waterpark! Complete with four speed slides, a leisure pool, and a tot lot for younger visitors, the waterpark offers excitement and relaxation for everyone.

 

 

 

Crappie in the waters at Killens Pond

Fish from the Spillway

Cast a line for bass, crappie and sunfish. This fishing spot is reminiscent of local waterways where Native Americans fished, hunted, and lived. The abundance of life around the water allowed Native Americans to thrive in the area that is now Killens Pond State Park.

The Pondside Bridge at Killens Pond offers great views of the pond.

Superintendent’s Pick: Pondside Bridge

Hike to the Pondside Bridge and see where the Murderkill River meets Killens Pond! Scan the shoreline for a water snake basking in the sun or hunting small fish and frogs. Access the bridge from the Pondside Trail or the cross country course.

About the Park

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.

Fishing and Boating

boats at killens pond

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

Check prices or get more detailed info on how you can canoe, kayak, or paddle Killens Pond

Waterpark Thrills

The waterpark at Killens Pond State Park

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

Camping and Cabins

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

Recreational Activities

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

Nature Preserve

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..

The preserve is located at the corner of Kenton and West Denneys roads, along the Maidstone Branch in the St. Jones River Watershed.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking on site.

Acreage: 257 acres

Upcoming Events

Know it Owls!

Saturday, December 5, 2020

2:00 PM

Think you know everything about owls?! Come test your knowledge and maybe learn something about owls and their many adaptations. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to register.

Add to Calendar 12/5/2020 2:00:00 PM 12/5/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Know it Owls! Think you know everything about owls?! Come test your knowledge and maybe learn something about owls and their many adaptations. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool - What's the Temp?!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us to learn about how thermometers work! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. $5/student. Call 302-284-4299 to register

Add to Calendar 12/8/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/8/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool - What's the Temp?! Join us to learn about how thermometers work! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. $5/student. Call 302-284-4299 to register Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool - What's the Temp?!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us to learn about how thermometers work! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. $5/student. Call 302-284-4299 to register

Add to Calendar 12/10/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/10/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool - What's the Temp?! Join us to learn about how thermometers work! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. $5/student. Call 302-284-4299 to register Killens Pond State Park

Warm-up Your Winter Hike

Saturday, December 19, 2020

2:00 PM

Join us on a hike to warm up and get moving this winter. We will hike the Pondside Trail and explore how the animals and plants adapt to cold temperatures. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to register.

Add to Calendar 12/19/2020 2:00:00 PM 12/19/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Warm-up Your Winter Hike Join us on a hike to warm up and get moving this winter. We will hike the Pondside Trail and explore how the animals and plants adapt to cold temperatures. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool - Can you find me? Animal camouflage and mimicry!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

1:00 PM

Learn about adaptations of camouflage and mimicry, then see who you can find! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Please come prepared for the cold weather. Masks are required. No food or drink during the program. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 - 12. $5 per student. Call 302-284-4299 to register.

Add to Calendar 1/5/2021 1:00:00 PM 1/5/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool - Can you find me? Animal camouflage and mimicry! Learn about adaptations of camouflage and mimicry, then see who you can find! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Please come prepared for the cold weather. Masks are required. No food or drink during the program. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 - 12. $5 per student. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool - Can you find me? Animal camouflage and mimicry!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

1:00 PM

Learn about adaptations of camouflage and mimicry, then see who you can find! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Please come prepared for the cold weather. Masks are required. No food or drink during the program. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 - 12. $5 per student. Call 302-284-4299 to register.

Add to Calendar 1/7/2021 1:00:00 PM 1/7/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool - Can you find me? Animal camouflage and mimicry! Learn about adaptations of camouflage and mimicry, then see who you can find! Program will be held on the nature center deck. Please come prepared for the cold weather. Masks are required. No food or drink during the program. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 - 12. $5 per student. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Killens Pond State Park

Wonders of the Wetlands Hike

Sunday, January 17, 2021

2:00 PM

What is a wetland and why are they so important! Learn about the wonders of the wetlands while on a short hike! Program will start at the nature center. Pre-registration required by 4pm Friday. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. Free!

Add to Calendar 1/17/2021 2:00:00 PM 1/17/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Wonders of the Wetlands Hike What is a wetland and why are they so important! Learn about the wonders of the wetlands while on a short hike! Program will start at the nature center. Pre-registration required by 4pm Friday. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Fire Starting

Sunday, January 24, 2021

2:00 PM

Spending more time outside and more time camping this year? Join naturalist staff to learn how to start a fire! Program will be held outside of the nature center. Masks required. Pre-registration required by 4pm Friday. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 to register or for more information. Free!

Add to Calendar 1/24/2021 2:00:00 PM 1/24/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Fire Starting Spending more time outside and more time camping this year? Join naturalist staff to learn how to start a fire! Program will be held outside of the nature center. Masks required. Pre-registration required by 4pm Friday. Call the nature center at 302-284-4299 to register or for more information. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Delaware Wildlife in Winter

Sunday, January 31, 2021

2:00 PM

Join us for a hike to look for wildlife in winter! We will discuss why we see and why we don't see different wildlife. Program will start on nature center deck. Pre-registration required by Friday at 4pm. Call 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. Free!

Add to Calendar 1/31/2021 2:00:00 PM 1/31/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Delaware Wildlife in Winter Join us for a hike to look for wildlife in winter! We will discuss why we see and why we don't see different wildlife. Program will start on nature center deck. Pre-registration required by Friday at 4pm. Call 302-284-4299 for more information or to register. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool - Wetland Wonders

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

1:00 PM

Explore the importance of wetlands through metaphors and a discovery hike. Program will be held on the nature center deck, please come prepared for the cold weather. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 - 12. $5 per student. Call 302-284-4299 to register.

Add to Calendar 2/2/2021 1:00:00 PM 2/2/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool - Wetland Wonders Explore the importance of wetlands through metaphors and a discovery hike. Program will be held on the nature center deck, please come prepared for the cold weather. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 - 12. $5 per student. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool - Wetland Wonders

Thursday, February 4, 2021

1:00 PM

Explore the importance of wetlands through metaphors and a discovery hike. Program will be held on the nature center deck, please come prepared for the cold weather. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 - 12. $5 per student. Call 302-284-4299 to register.

Add to Calendar 2/4/2021 1:00:00 PM 2/4/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool - Wetland Wonders Explore the importance of wetlands through metaphors and a discovery hike. Program will be held on the nature center deck, please come prepared for the cold weather. Pre-registration is mandatory for all homeschool programs. The same topic will be offered Tuesday and Thursday to provide more opportunities for at home learners. Ages 6 - 12. $5 per student. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Killens Pond State Park

Exploring what we know of Charles Tilton, Freedman

Saturday, February 6, 2021

2:00 PM

Join naturalist staff to discover what we know of Charles Tilton, Freedman and how we know it. We will take a brief hike to explore the landscape around his homestead. Program will be held outside. Please come prepared for cold weather. Pre-registration required by 4 p.m. Friday. Call 302-284-4299 for more information. Free!

Add to Calendar 2/6/2021 2:00:00 PM 2/6/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Exploring what we know of Charles Tilton, Freedman Join naturalist staff to discover what we know of Charles Tilton, Freedman and how we know it. We will take a brief hike to explore the landscape around his homestead. Program will be held outside. Please come prepared for cold weather. Pre-registration required by 4 p.m. Friday. Call 302-284-4299 for more information. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Dating in the Animal Kingdom

Sunday, February 14, 2021

2:00 PM

Dating in the animal kingdom can be quite the show! Join a naturalist to learn about mating displays and family life of different animals. Program will be held outside on the nature center deck. Please come prepared for cold weather. Pre-registration required by 4 p.m. Friday. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free!

Add to Calendar 2/14/2021 2:00:00 PM 2/14/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Dating in the Animal Kingdom Dating in the animal kingdom can be quite the show! Join a naturalist to learn about mating displays and family life of different animals. Program will be held outside on the nature center deck. Please come prepared for cold weather. Pre-registration required by 4 p.m. Friday. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Birding Hike

Saturday, February 20, 2021

8:30 AM

Join a naturaliston a hike on the Pondside Trail to look for winter birds. Please bring you own binoculars. Hike will start on the nature center deck. Pre-registration required by Friday at 4 p.m. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free!

Add to Calendar 2/20/2021 8:30:00 AM 2/20/2021 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Birding Hike Join a naturaliston a hike on the Pondside Trail to look for winter birds. Please bring you own binoculars. Hike will start on the nature center deck. Pre-registration required by Friday at 4 p.m. Call 302-284-4299 to register. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Leave it to Beavers - Woodland Workers

Sunday, February 28, 2021

2:00 PM

Have you ever seen a tree chewed on by beavers that made you want to learn more about beavers? Join a naturalist on a short talk and hike all about beavers! Program will start on the nature center deck. Registration required by 4 p.m. Friday. Call 302-284-4299 for more information or to register! Free

Add to Calendar 2/28/2021 2:00:00 PM 2/28/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Leave it to Beavers - Woodland Workers Have you ever seen a tree chewed on by beavers that made you want to learn more about beavers? Join a naturalist on a short talk and hike all about beavers! Program will start on the nature center deck. Registration required by 4 p.m. Friday. Call 302-284-4299 for more information or to register! Free Killens Pond State Park

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