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Killens Pond State Park


Special Notice 8/9/19

Killens Pond Road closed for construction July 22 – Aug. 16

Killens Pond Road, from Paradise Alley Road to Scrap Tavern Road, is closed to through traffic until August 16 for construction. Detour signs route traffic from the day-use side of the park to the campground throughout the construction period. Visitor access from Route 13 to the campground entrance on Paradise Alley Road and to the main park entrance from Killens Pond Road is not impacted. The bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic. The park is open during the construction period.

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

Floral Design Class - Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Saturday, November 23, 2019

10:00 AM

Would you like to have flowers on your table for all the holidays? Then come join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer and teacher. Each class is a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information on items needed and to sign up call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $20 per class

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 10:00:00 AM 11/23/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Floral Design Class - Thanksgiving Cornucopia Would you like to have flowers on your table for all the holidays? Then come join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer and teacher. Each class is a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information on items needed and to sign up call the Nature Center at 302-284-4299. $20 per class Killens Pond State Park

Family Fun Day

Saturday, November 30, 2019

12:00 PM

Ages 4 – 10. Make different holiday treats and decorations. This is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Killens Pond. Refreshments will be available for purchase. $10 per child, $5 each additional child

Add to Calendar 11/30/2019 12:00:00 PM 11/30/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Family Fun Day Ages 4 – 10. Make different holiday treats and decorations. This is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Killens Pond. Refreshments will be available for purchase. $10 per child, $5 each additional child Killens Pond State Park

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