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Killens Pond State Park


Special Notice 7/15/19

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

Killens Pond Road, from Paradise Alley Road to Scrap Tavern Road, will close to through traffic July 22 – August 16 for construction. Detour signs will 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 will not be impacted. DelDOT flaggers will be on hand to direct pedestrian access to and from the Pondside Trail. 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.

Featured Program: Fungus Among Us

Join us for a fun(gi)-filled program! Join our naturalists for a hike, search for mushrooms, and learn useful techniques for identifying fungi. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Free Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Add to Calendar 8/11/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/11/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Fungus Among Us Join us for a fun(gi)-filled program! Join our naturalists for a hike, search for mushrooms, and learn useful techniques for identifying fungi. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Free 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

Best of Boat Worlds - FULL

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:30 AM

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 8:30:00 AM 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Best of Boat Worlds - FULL 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

Swim Lessons

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

6:30 PM

Session III: Basic/Advanced Swim - Ages 5-11 Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9- July 25 Cost: $60 per session (Includes 6 Lessons and Park Entrance Fee) For more information or to register please call 302-284-4526.

Add to Calendar 7/23/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/23/2019 7:15:00 PM America/New_York Swim Lessons Session III: Basic/Advanced Swim - Ages 5-11 Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9- July 25 Cost: $60 per session (Includes 6 Lessons and Park Entrance Fee) For more information or to register please call 302-284-4526. Killens Pond State Park

Swim Lessons

Thursday, July 25, 2019

6:30 PM

Session III: Basic/Advanced Swim - Ages 5-11Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9- July 25Cost: $60 per session (Includes 6 Lessons and Park Entrance Fee)For more information or to register please call 302-284-4526.

Add to Calendar 7/25/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/25/2019 7:15:00 PM America/New_York Swim Lessons Session III: Basic/Advanced Swim - Ages 5-11Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9- July 25Cost: $60 per session (Includes 6 Lessons and Park Entrance Fee)For more information or to register please call 302-284-4526. Killens Pond State Park

Clifford Keith

Friday, July 26, 2019

6:30 PM

Bring the family and friends out to the park's Sports Complex for our Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during the summer months. The concerts are free of charge. The Friends of Killens Pond will be selling raffle tickets, ice cream, and sodas. Park entrance fees are in effect. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 7/26/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/26/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Clifford Keith Bring the family and friends out to the park's Sports Complex for our Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during the summer months. The concerts are free of charge. The Friends of Killens Pond will be selling raffle tickets, ice cream, and sodas. Park entrance fees are in effect. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. Killens Pond State Park

Campground Hayrides

Saturday, July 27, 2019

6:30 PM

Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person

Add to Calendar 7/27/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/27/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Campground Hayrides Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person Killens Pond State Park

Campfire Programs

Saturday, July 27, 2019

8:00 PM

Campground AmphitheaterJoin a Naturalist around the campfire and learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics to vary weekly.FREE!

Add to Calendar 7/27/2019 8:00:00 PM 7/27/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Campfire Programs Campground AmphitheaterJoin a Naturalist around the campfire and learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics to vary weekly.FREE! Killens Pond State Park

Superheroes - FULL

Monday, July 29, 2019

8:30 AM

This camp is full. Please select another camp.

Add to Calendar 7/29/2019 8:30:00 AM 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Superheroes - FULL This camp is full. Please select another camp. Killens Pond State Park

Water Park Themed Nights - Water Park Luau

Monday, July 29, 2019

6:00 PM

Get your Hawaiian dream on with decor and games featuring the Luau way of life! Join the staff on special themed nights for good food, games, and poolside fun!$5 per person

Add to Calendar 7/29/2019 6:00:00 PM 7/29/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Water Park Themed Nights - Water Park Luau Get your Hawaiian dream on with decor and games featuring the Luau way of life! Join the staff on special themed nights for good food, games, and poolside fun!$5 per person Killens Pond State Park

Milford Community Band

Friday, August 2, 2019

6:30 PM

Bring the family and friends out to the park's Sports Complex for our Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during the summer months. The concerts are free of charge. The Friends of Killens Pond will be selling raffle tickets, ice cream, and sodas. Park entrance fees are in effect. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 8/2/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/9/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Milford Community Band Bring the family and friends out to the park's Sports Complex for our Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during the summer months. The concerts are free of charge. The Friends of Killens Pond will be selling raffle tickets, ice cream, and sodas. Park entrance fees are in effect. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. Killens Pond State Park

Wonders of the Wetlands

Saturday, August 3, 2019

11:00 AM

What is a wetland?! Join us as we explore the very question. Learn all about the wonders of the wetlands!FREE!

Add to Calendar 8/3/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/3/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Wonders of the Wetlands What is a wetland?! Join us as we explore the very question. Learn all about the wonders of the wetlands!FREE! Killens Pond State Park

Campground Hayrides

Saturday, August 3, 2019

6:30 PM

Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person

Add to Calendar 8/3/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/3/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Campground Hayrides Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person Killens Pond State Park

Night Hike

Saturday, August 3, 2019

8:00 PM

Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark. Hikes last between 1-1.5 hours, and participants should wear closed toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6+FREE!

Add to Calendar 8/3/2019 8:00:00 PM 8/3/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Night Hike Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark. Hikes last between 1-1.5 hours, and participants should wear closed toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6+FREE! Killens Pond State Park

Paint by Day Fundraiser

Sunday, August 4, 2019

1:00 PM

Come out and join us to paint a picture. Parents and children are welcome. We will have an art teacher to guide us with our masterpieces. Light refreshments will be served.$30 per canvas. Pre-Registration is required; please call 302-284-4299 to reserve your spot!

Add to Calendar 8/4/2019 1:00:00 PM 8/11/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Paint by Day Fundraiser Come out and join us to paint a picture. Parents and children are welcome. We will have an art teacher to guide us with our masterpieces. Light refreshments will be served.$30 per canvas. Pre-Registration is required; please call 302-284-4299 to reserve your spot! Killens Pond State Park

Time Travelers

Monday, August 5, 2019

8:30 AM

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 8:30:00 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

Slinging Daisies

Friday, August 9, 2019

6:30 PM

Bring the family and friends out to the park's Sports Complex for our Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during the summer months. The concerts are free of charge. The Friends of Killens Pond will be selling raffle tickets, ice cream, and sodas. Park entrance fees are in effect. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 8/9/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/9/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Slinging Daisies Bring the family and friends out to the park's Sports Complex for our Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during the summer months. The concerts are free of charge. The Friends of Killens Pond will be selling raffle tickets, ice cream, and sodas. Park entrance fees are in effect. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. Killens Pond State Park

Campground Hayrides

Saturday, August 10, 2019

6:30 PM

Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person

Add to Calendar 8/10/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/10/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Campground Hayrides Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person Killens Pond State Park

Campfire Programs

Saturday, August 10, 2019

8:00 PM

Campground AmphitheaterJoin a Naturalist around the campfire and learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics to vary weekly.FREE!

Add to Calendar 8/10/2019 8:00:00 PM 8/10/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Campfire Programs Campground AmphitheaterJoin a Naturalist around the campfire and learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics to vary weekly.FREE! Killens Pond State Park

Fungus Amung Us

Sunday, August 11, 2019

11:00 AM

Join us for fun(gi) filled program! Join our Naturalists for a hike while looking for mushrooms. Learn useful techniques for identifying fungi. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.FREE!

Add to Calendar 8/11/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/11/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Fungus Amung Us Join us for fun(gi) filled program! Join our Naturalists for a hike while looking for mushrooms. Learn useful techniques for identifying fungi. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.FREE! Killens Pond State Park

Water Park Theme Nights - Tropical Island

Monday, August 12, 2019

6:00 PM

Get a taste of paradise with an island themed night. Join the staff on special themed nights for good food, games, and poolside fun!$5 per person

Add to Calendar 8/12/2019 6:00:00 PM 8/12/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Water Park Theme Nights - Tropical Island Get a taste of paradise with an island themed night. Join the staff on special themed nights for good food, games, and poolside fun!$5 per person Killens Pond State Park

Ginger

Friday, August 16, 2019

6:30 PM

Bring the family and friends out to the park's Sports Complex for our Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during the summer months. The concerts are free of charge. The Friends of Killens Pond will be selling raffle tickets, ice cream, and sodas. Park entrance fees are in effect. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 8/16/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/16/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Ginger Bring the family and friends out to the park's Sports Complex for our Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. during the summer months. The concerts are free of charge. The Friends of Killens Pond will be selling raffle tickets, ice cream, and sodas. Park entrance fees are in effect. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. Killens Pond State Park

Campground Hayrides

Saturday, August 17, 2019

6:30 PM

Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person

Add to Calendar 8/17/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/17/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Campground Hayrides Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person Killens Pond State Park

Night Hike

Saturday, August 17, 2019

8:00 PM

Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark. Hikes last between 1-1.5 hours, and participants should wear closed toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6+FREE!

Add to Calendar 8/17/2019 8:00:00 PM 8/17/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Night Hike Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark. Hikes last between 1-1.5 hours, and participants should wear closed toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6+FREE! Killens Pond State Park

Dinner and a Paddle!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

6:00 PM

Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the deck of the Nature Center. Then paddle the pond with a Naturalist keeping an eye open for turtles and birds of prey. Kayaking begins promptly at 7 p.m.$15 per person

Add to Calendar 8/18/2019 6:00:00 PM 8/18/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Dinner and a Paddle! Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the deck of the Nature Center. Then paddle the pond with a Naturalist keeping an eye open for turtles and birds of prey. Kayaking begins promptly at 7 p.m.$15 per person Killens Pond State Park

Campground Hayrides

Saturday, August 24, 2019

6:30 PM

Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person

Add to Calendar 8/24/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/24/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Campground Hayrides Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person Killens Pond State Park

Campfire Programs

Saturday, August 24, 2019

8:00 PM

Campground AmphitheaterJoin a Naturalist around the campfire and learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics to vary weekly.FREE!

Add to Calendar 8/24/2019 8:00:00 PM 8/24/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Campfire Programs Campground AmphitheaterJoin a Naturalist around the campfire and learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics to vary weekly.FREE! Killens Pond State Park

Campground Hayrides

Saturday, August 31, 2019

6:30 PM

Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person

Add to Calendar 8/31/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/31/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Campground Hayrides Enjoy a trip around the fields and forests of the park on a wagon ride.$4 per person Killens Pond State Park

Night Hike

Saturday, August 31, 2019

8:00 PM

Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark. Hikes last between 1-1.5 hours, and participants should wear closed toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6+FREE!

Add to Calendar 8/31/2019 8:00:00 PM 8/31/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Night Hike Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for an enjoyable walk in the woods. The forest is a different world after dark. Hikes last between 1-1.5 hours, and participants should wear closed toe shoes. Recommended for ages 6+FREE! Killens Pond State Park

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