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KILLENS POND STATE PARK


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.

Featured Program: Earth Day Volunteer Project

Meet at the nature center and give back this Earth Day. Please wear close-toed shoes, bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please register online at destateparks.com/Volunteer. For more information please contact Volunteer Manager, Alison Romano at alison.romano@delaware.gov Monday, April 22, 2019 at 10 a.m.

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Add to Calendar 4/22/2019 10:00:00 AM 4/22/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Earth Day Volunteer Project Meet at the nature center and give back this Earth Day. Please wear close-toed shoes, bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please register online at destateparks.com/Volunteer. For more information please contact Volunteer Manager, Alison Romano at alison.romano@delaware.gov Killens Pond State Park


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

Night Time Pond Surveys

Saturday, March 30, 2019

7:15 p.m.

Search for herps! Learn what a herp is and how to find them. Bring a flashlight and dress to get muddy. Recommended for children 6 years and older. Free!

Add to Calendar 3/30/2019 7:15:00 PM 3/30/2019 8:15:00 PM America/New_York Night Time Pond Surveys Search for herps! Learn what a herp is and how to find them. Bring a flashlight and dress to get muddy. Recommended for children 6 years and older. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Beginner Birding

Saturday, April 6, 2019

10 a.m.

Beginner Birding Saturday, April 6 10 a.m. Take a pond side hike in search of returning migrants. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Free

Add to Calendar 4/6/2019 10:00:00 AM 4/6/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Beginner Birding Beginner Birding Saturday, April 6 10 a.m. Take a pond side hike in search of returning migrants. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Free Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

1 p.m.

Participants complete service projects and then spend time learning about different natural science topics. Dress for work and play. Pre-registration is required; call (302) 284-4299. March 12 - Super Cool Soils April 9 - Birds a Bound May 14 - Fantastic Fish and Where to Find Them Free

Add to Calendar 4/9/2019 1:00:00 PM 4/9/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool Participants complete service projects and then spend time learning about different natural science topics. Dress for work and play. Pre-registration is required; call (302) 284-4299. March 12 - Super Cool Soils April 9 - Birds a Bound May 14 - Fantastic Fish and Where to Find Them Free Killens Pond State Park

Night Time Pond Surveys

Saturday, April 13, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Night Time Pond Surveys Saturdays March, 30th - 7:15 p.m. April 13th - 7:30 p.m. May 4th - 8 p.m. Search for herps! Learn what a herp is and how to find them! Bring a flashlight and dress to get muddy. Recommended for children 6 years and older. Free!

Add to Calendar 4/13/2019 7:30:00 PM 4/13/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Night Time Pond Surveys Night Time Pond Surveys Saturdays March, 30th - 7:15 p.m. April 13th - 7:30 p.m. May 4th - 8 p.m. Search for herps! Learn what a herp is and how to find them! Bring a flashlight and dress to get muddy. Recommended for children 6 years and older. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Floral Design Class

Saturday, April 20, 2019

10 a.m.

Floral Design Classes Saturdays 10 a.m. Join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, Longtime floral designer and teacher. Fresh flowers are provided. Participants may bring fresh foliage to share. Pre-registration is required. Call (302) 284-4299. Oasis will be available for purchase at an additional cost of $2 a block. $20 per class. Saturday, April 20 Celebrate Easter with a basket of fresh blossoms. Bring a basket, bowl with oasis, and shears. Participants can also bring ribbons, Easter picks or eggs on picks.

Add to Calendar 4/20/2019 10:00:00 AM 4/20/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Floral Design Class Floral Design Classes Saturdays 10 a.m. Join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, Longtime floral designer and teacher. Fresh flowers are provided. Participants may bring fresh foliage to share. Pre-registration is required. Call (302) 284-4299. Oasis will be available for purchase at an additional cost of $2 a block. $20 per class. Saturday, April 20 Celebrate Easter with a basket of fresh blossoms. Bring a basket, bowl with oasis, and shears. Participants can also bring ribbons, Easter picks or eggs on picks. Killens Pond State Park

Spring Break Out! Camp

Monday, April 22, 2019

9 a.m.

Spring Break Out! Camp April 22 - 26 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ages 7 - 12 Time to stretch those legs and get outside! This week will be full of outdoor adventure and crafts. Campers should pack lunch and a snack every day. Pre-registration is a must. Registration deadline is April 22nd. $175 per week, $40 per day

Add to Calendar 4/22/2019 9:00:00 AM 4/26/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Spring Break Out! Camp Spring Break Out! Camp April 22 - 26 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ages 7 - 12 Time to stretch those legs and get outside! This week will be full of outdoor adventure and crafts. Campers should pack lunch and a snack every day. Pre-registration is a must. Registration deadline is April 22nd. $175 per week, $40 per day Killens Pond State Park

Earth Day Volunteer Project

Monday, April 22, 2019

10 a.m.

Earth Day Volunteer Project Monday, April 22 10 a.m. - Noon Meet at the Nature Center and give back this Earth Day. Please wear close-toed shoes, bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please register online at destateparks.com/Volunteer. For more information please contact: Alison Romano, Volunteer Manager at alison.romano@state.de.us or (302) 900-1423.

Add to Calendar 4/22/2019 10:00:00 AM 4/22/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Earth Day Volunteer Project Earth Day Volunteer Project Monday, April 22 10 a.m. - Noon Meet at the Nature Center and give back this Earth Day. Please wear close-toed shoes, bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please register online at destateparks.com/Volunteer. For more information please contact: Alison Romano, Volunteer Manager at alison.romano@state.de.us or (302) 900-1423. Killens Pond State Park

Photo Contest

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Drop off photos between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. through May 6

Photos must be taken in a state park and cannot display people, domestic animals, or man-made structures or items. No photo altering allowed. Photos should be submitted in white matting; outer dimensions not to exceed 16"x 20", with a sturdy hanger on the back. Drop off at the nature center between May 1-5, 10a.m- 4p.m. Entry Fees for Photo Contest: Under 12 years old- Free 13-18: $3/ photo 19+: $5/photo Award Ceremony is Sunday, May 19.

Add to Calendar 5/1/2019 10:00:00 AM 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Photo Contest Photos must be taken in a state park and cannot display people, domestic animals, or man-made structures or items. No photo altering allowed. Photos should be submitted in white matting; outer dimensions not to exceed 16"x 20", with a sturdy hanger on the back. Drop off at the nature center between May 1-5, 10a.m- 4p.m. Entry Fees for Photo Contest: Under 12 years old- Free 13-18: $3/ photo 19+: $5/photo Award Ceremony is Sunday, May 19. Killens Pond State Park

Night Time Pond Surveys

Saturday, May 4, 2019

8 p.m.

Night Time Pond Surveys Saturdays March, 30th - 7:15 p.m. April 13th - 7:30 p.m. May 4th - 8 p.m. Search for herps! Learn what a herp is and how to find them! Bring a flashlight and dress to get muddy. Recommended for children 6 years and older. Free!

Add to Calendar 5/4/2019 8:00:00 PM 5/4/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Night Time Pond Surveys Night Time Pond Surveys Saturdays March, 30th - 7:15 p.m. April 13th - 7:30 p.m. May 4th - 8 p.m. Search for herps! Learn what a herp is and how to find them! Bring a flashlight and dress to get muddy. Recommended for children 6 years and older. Free! Killens Pond State Park

Preserving Petals

Sunday, May 12, 2019

11 a.m.

Preserving Petals Sunday, May 12th 11 a.m. Wish those lilacs would last longer? Looking for a new art piece for your wall? Bring your mother and learn simple ways to press and preserve your flowers. Learn how to make your own flower press and what flowers work best for preservation. Flowers provided; take home your own flower press. $15 per person

Add to Calendar 5/12/2019 11:00:00 AM 5/12/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Preserving Petals Preserving Petals Sunday, May 12th 11 a.m. Wish those lilacs would last longer? Looking for a new art piece for your wall? Bring your mother and learn simple ways to press and preserve your flowers. Learn how to make your own flower press and what flowers work best for preservation. Flowers provided; take home your own flower press. $15 per person Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

1 p.m.

Ages 6 - 12 Participants complete service projects and then spend time learning about different natural science topics. Dress for work and play. Pre-registration is required; call (302) 284-4299. March 12 - Super Cool Soils April 9 - Birds a Bound May 14 - Fantastic Fish and Where to Find Them Free

Add to Calendar 5/14/2019 1:00:00 PM 5/14/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool Ages 6 - 12 Participants complete service projects and then spend time learning about different natural science topics. Dress for work and play. Pre-registration is required; call (302) 284-4299. March 12 - Super Cool Soils April 9 - Birds a Bound May 14 - Fantastic Fish and Where to Find Them Free Killens Pond State Park

Floral Design Class

Saturday, May 18, 2019

10 a.m.

Floral Design Classes Saturdays 10 a.m. Join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, Longtime floral designer and teacher. Fresh flowers are provided. Participants may bring fresh foliage to share. Pre-registration is required. Call (302) 284-4299. Oasis will be available for purchase at an additional cost of $2 a block. $20 per class. Saturday, May 18th A special design this week with fresh flowers. Please bring a candelabra or candlestick and shears.

Add to Calendar 5/18/2019 10:00:00 AM 5/18/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Floral Design Class Floral Design Classes Saturdays 10 a.m. Join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, Longtime floral designer and teacher. Fresh flowers are provided. Participants may bring fresh foliage to share. Pre-registration is required. Call (302) 284-4299. Oasis will be available for purchase at an additional cost of $2 a block. $20 per class. Saturday, May 18th A special design this week with fresh flowers. Please bring a candelabra or candlestick and shears. Killens Pond State Park

Day of Archaeology

Saturday, May 18, 2019

11 a.m.

May is Delaware Archaeology Month! Join us for a day full of Archaeological discovery, most of it about local finds. Call (302) 284-4299 to register. Saturday, May 18 Hands-on Pottery 11 a.m. Learn how First Nations peoples created clay vessels for cooking and storing foods. Use two different methods to make pots to take home. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Free Pre-Historic Archaeology Walk and Talk 12:30 p.m. Join Archaeologist Dan Griffith for a walk and talk all about archaeology. Free Boathouse Excavation Talk 2:30 p.m. What's with all that digging at the boat house? Join the archaeologists and learn about what they found! Free

Add to Calendar 5/18/2019 11:00:00 AM 5/18/2019 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Day of Archaeology May is Delaware Archaeology Month! Join us for a day full of Archaeological discovery, most of it about local finds. Call (302) 284-4299 to register. Saturday, May 18 Hands-on Pottery 11 a.m. Learn how First Nations peoples created clay vessels for cooking and storing foods. Use two different methods to make pots to take home. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Free Pre-Historic Archaeology Walk and Talk 12:30 p.m. Join Archaeologist Dan Griffith for a walk and talk all about archaeology. Free Boathouse Excavation Talk 2:30 p.m. What's with all that digging at the boat house? Join the archaeologists and learn about what they found! Free Killens Pond State Park

Photo Contest Judging and Celebration

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2 p.m.

Friends of Killens Pond State Park Photo Contest Judging and Celebration Sunday, May 19th 2- 4 p.m. Join us at the Nature Center for the photo contest judging and see which photos get picked for awards. Light refreshments will be provided.

Add to Calendar 5/19/2019 2:00:00 PM 5/19/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Photo Contest Judging and Celebration Friends of Killens Pond State Park Photo Contest Judging and Celebration Sunday, May 19th 2- 4 p.m. Join us at the Nature Center for the photo contest judging and see which photos get picked for awards. Light refreshments will be provided. Killens Pond State Park

Memorial Weekend Hayrides

Friday, May 24, 2019

6 p.m.

Memorial Weekend Hayrides Friday, May 24 6 and 7 p.m. Campground Staying at the campground? Looking for a fun family activity? Join us for a hayride through the park. Rides last approximately 40 minutes. $4 per person

Add to Calendar 5/24/2019 6:00:00 PM 5/24/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Memorial Weekend Hayrides Memorial Weekend Hayrides Friday, May 24 6 and 7 p.m. Campground Staying at the campground? Looking for a fun family activity? Join us for a hayride through the park. Rides last approximately 40 minutes. $4 per person Killens Pond State Park

Crackling Campfire

Friday, May 24, 2019

8 p.m.

Crackling Campfire Friday, May 24th 8 p.m. Who doesn't like a good story around the fire? We will tell some fun stories while you enjoy a warm fire. The program is free. S'mores will be for sale at $2 per person. Located at the campground amphitheater.

Add to Calendar 5/24/2019 8:00:00 PM 5/24/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Crackling Campfire Crackling Campfire Friday, May 24th 8 p.m. Who doesn't like a good story around the fire? We will tell some fun stories while you enjoy a warm fire. The program is free. S'mores will be for sale at $2 per person. Located at the campground amphitheater. Killens Pond State Park

Kayak and a Campfire

Saturday, May 25, 2019

7 p.m.

Kayak and a Campfire Saturday, May 25 7 p.m. Enjoy a guided kayak program on Killens Pond at sunset, paired with a cozy campfire afterwards. Participants must be 12 years or older. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; call (302) 284-4299. $20 per person

Add to Calendar 5/25/2019 7:00:00 PM 5/25/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Kayak and a Campfire Kayak and a Campfire Saturday, May 25 7 p.m. Enjoy a guided kayak program on Killens Pond at sunset, paired with a cozy campfire afterwards. Participants must be 12 years or older. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; call (302) 284-4299. $20 per person Killens Pond State Park

Wetland Critters

Sunday, May 26, 2019

11 a.m.

Wetland Critters Sunday, May 26th 11 a.m. Visit the Nature Center for a program which includes an encounter with some of our resident herps! Free

Add to Calendar 5/26/2019 11:00:00 AM 5/26/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Wetland Critters Wetland Critters Sunday, May 26th 11 a.m. Visit the Nature Center for a program which includes an encounter with some of our resident herps! Free Killens Pond State Park

Ultimate Survivor

Monday, June 17, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Learn all the ins and outs of camping in a primitive setting! By the end of the week campers will know how to pitch a tent, fire safety, shelter building, and much more! The week will end with an overnight on Thursday at the Nature Center to put our camping skills to the ultimate test. Dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday will be provided.

Add to Calendar 6/17/2019 12:00:00 AM 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Ultimate Survivor Learn all the ins and outs of camping in a primitive setting! By the end of the week campers will know how to pitch a tent, fire safety, shelter building, and much more! The week will end with an overnight on Thursday at the Nature Center to put our camping skills to the ultimate test. Dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday will be provided. Killens Pond State Park

Super Swimmers

Monday, June 24, 2019

8:30 a.m.

In this water-filled week of camp we will be participating in a wide range of activities involving H2O. We will attend daily morning swim lessons at our waterpark, explore our pond on peddle boats, and play fun water games.

Add to Calendar 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Super Swimmers In this water-filled week of camp we will be participating in a wide range of activities involving H2O. We will attend daily morning swim lessons at our waterpark, explore our pond on peddle boats, and play fun water games. Killens Pond State Park

Wings and Things

Monday, July 8, 2019

8:30 a.m.

We can discover the wonders of nature through fun crafts and games! We will explore the pond to the fullest through hiking and boating. Getting up close to the wild things that call this place home!

Add to Calendar 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wings and Things We can discover the wonders of nature through fun crafts and games! We will explore the pond to the fullest through hiking and boating. Getting up close to the wild things that call this place home! Killens Pond State Park

Fishing Frenzy

Monday, July 15, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Explore all the great fishing spots in Delaware state parks by travelling to Silver Lake, Lums Pond, Trap Pond, and Cape Henlopen! We will learn techniques for fishing with poles and nets of many sizes, come with us to experience the pro angler inside your heart. Travel Times: Silver Lake (20 minutes), Trap Pond (45 minutes), Lums Pond (1 hour), and Cape Henlopen (1 hour).

Add to Calendar 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Fishing Frenzy Explore all the great fishing spots in Delaware state parks by travelling to Silver Lake, Lums Pond, Trap Pond, and Cape Henlopen! We will learn techniques for fishing with poles and nets of many sizes, come with us to experience the pro angler inside your heart. Travel Times: Silver Lake (20 minutes), Trap Pond (45 minutes), Lums Pond (1 hour), and Cape Henlopen (1 hour). Killens Pond State Park

Best of Boat Worlds

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:30 a.m.

In this travelling camp we will be experiencing all of the different ways to be out on the water. Enjoy a pontoon boat tour at Trap Pond State Park, take a ride on some canoes here at Killens and slide on into peddle boats at Lums Pond! Travel Times: Trap Pond (45 minutes), Lums Pond (1 hour).

Add to Calendar 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Best of Boat Worlds In this travelling camp we will be experiencing all of the different ways to be out on the water. Enjoy a pontoon boat tour at Trap Pond State Park, take a ride on some canoes here at Killens and slide on into peddle boats at Lums Pond! Travel Times: Trap Pond (45 minutes), Lums Pond (1 hour). Killens Pond State Park

Superheroes

Monday, July 29, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Better make sure your action pants fit because in this SUPER week of camp we will be putting our minds and bodies through a series of tests to find out if you’re fit to be a part of Killens Pond’s Super Squad. We will be going rock climbing at Alapocas Run State Park, doing obstacle courses, kayaking, and much more! Travel Times: Alapocas Run (1.5 hours)

Add to Calendar 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Superheroes Better make sure your action pants fit because in this SUPER week of camp we will be putting our minds and bodies through a series of tests to find out if you’re fit to be a part of Killens Pond’s Super Squad. We will be going rock climbing at Alapocas Run State Park, doing obstacle courses, kayaking, and much more! Travel Times: Alapocas Run (1.5 hours) Killens Pond State Park

Time Travelers

Monday, August 5, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Travel back in time in this week of camp with trips to Fort Delaware, the John Dickinson Plantation, and Fort Miles in Cape Henlopen. Travel times: Fort Delaware (1 hour), John Dickinson (30 minutes), Fort Miles (1 hour).

Add to Calendar 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Time Travelers Travel back in time in this week of camp with trips to Fort Delaware, the John Dickinson Plantation, and Fort Miles in Cape Henlopen. Travel times: Fort Delaware (1 hour), John Dickinson (30 minutes), Fort Miles (1 hour). Killens Pond State Park

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