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Lums Pond State Park


About the Park

Before the pond existed, St. Georges Creek flowed through the hardwood forest and was the site of several Native American hunting camps. The creek was dammed in the early 1800's when the C & D canal was built. Water from the pond was used to fill the locks of the canal and power a small mill. This area was first used as a state park in 1963.

pavilion at Lums Pond

Featured Program: Reptile Hour!

Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Free Saturday, August 24, 2019 at

Add to Calendar 8/24/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/24/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Reptile Hour! Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Free Lums Pond State Park


Going Ape

Ziplining at Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course at Lums Pond State Park

The Go Ape ziplining course allows visitors to see the park from a whole new perspective – from the treetops! The main course, for ages 10 and up, is a 2- to 3-hour adventure featuring rope ladders, treetop crossings, Tarzan swings and four zip lines that take you over the pond. Younger climbers can experience safe climbing fun on the Treetop Junior course.

Camping

Camping at Lums Pond State Park

The newly-renovated campground offers sites with three-point hookups (water, electric and sewer), as well as four horse campsites without hookups. If you prefer a bed to a bedroll, stay in one of our yurts! These round stationary structures with canvas walls feature a single and double bed bunked together, a double bed-sized futon, an outdoor seating area, and outdoor deck.

University of Delaware fightin blue hen logo

The Place To Be for UD Home Games!

Lums Pond is proud to be the official campground of UD Athletics! This fall football season, bring your friends and families out to cheer on our home team, and then spend the night at our new and improved campground. Watch for special discounts during football season!

Fishing and Boating

As the largest freshwater pond in Delaware, Lums Pond is one of the best fishing spots in the state, with anglers landing crappie, bluegill, perch, pickerel, largemouth bass, and more. Striped bass is stocked periodically. Fishing permits are required. Click for information about fishing licenses. WARNING: The State online automated fishing license system is NOT compatible with mobile devices or iPads and may encounter printing issues with touch screen computers and apple products.

Bring your own boat, or rent one of ours: rowboats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available, and a boat launching ramp and two piers allow easy access to the water. The Summit North Marina on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal offers private slips for 250 boats and fuel sales, boat storage and repair services.

Horseback Riding

The Little Jersey Trail is a shared-use trail designated for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The campground has four horse campsites where riders can enjoy a getaway without the need for daily trailering.

  • Access to the riding trail is limited to park operating hours (8 a.m. to sunset.)
  • Vehicles and trailers used for the transport of horses must park in designated areas.
  • Riding trails may be closed due to hazardous conditions or at the Division’s discretion.
  • Riders are responsible for cleaning up after their horses on roadways and in parking areas.

The Lums Pond Equestrian Center, operated by Sunset Stables, offers riding lessons, day camps, trail rides, birthday parties and a tack shop. Open by appointment. Visit the Sunset Stables website

Sport Fields and Courts

Football, soccer, softball, and cricket fields may be rented through the park office for a $50 fee. Tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts are first-come, first-served. Horseshoe, volleyball, and softball equipment may be rented for $25 during the summer season. Individuals renting equipment must be at least 18 years of age, present a valid driver's license as proof of age, and may leave either the driver's license or $50 as a deposit.

Nature Store

Lums Pond’s nature store, located in the park office, stocks t-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts, books related to gardening, fishing and camping, a wide assortment of children's books and toys, and nature-themed gifts.

Nature Preserve

Lums Pond Woods Nature Preserve – This Nature Preserve is a great example of a Northern Coastal Plain/Piedmont Basic Mesic hardwood Forest. Delmarva Bays are scattered throughout the forest. This Nature Preserve captures all the mature woodlands within the Park.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian, bike, horse) in and outside of Nature Preserve. Parking in park.

Acreage: 181 acres

Upcoming Events

Reptile Hour!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

11:00 AM

Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/24/2019 11:00:00 AM 8/24/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Reptile Hour! Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Campfire Picnic

Friday, August 30, 2019

6:00 PM

Join us for this end of summer campfire on the main side of the park! Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) and snacks to roast on the fire. Weather permitting. Meets at Area 1. Park entrance fee in effect. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office (302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 8/30/2019 6:00:00 PM 8/30/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Pondside Campfire Picnic Join us for this end of summer campfire on the main side of the park! Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) and snacks to roast on the fire. Weather permitting. Meets at Area 1. Park entrance fee in effect. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office (302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Campground Performing Arts Series

Saturday, August 31, 2019

6:00 PM

Thanks to the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lums Pond is hosting a performing arts series geared toward our campers this summer. Performances include music, storytelling and cultural arts. In case of inclement weather, events are moved to the nature center. For more information, email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov. Free

Add to Calendar 8/31/2019 6:00:00 PM 8/31/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Campground Performing Arts Series Thanks to the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lums Pond is hosting a performing arts series geared toward our campers this summer. Performances include music, storytelling and cultural arts. In case of inclement weather, events are moved to the nature center. For more information, email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov. Free Lums Pond State Park

Dip-Netting Discoveries

Sunday, September 1, 2019

11:00 AM

Did you know Lums Pond is an amazing ecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cute and crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 9/1/2019 11:00:00 AM 9/1/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Dip-Netting Discoveries Did you know Lums Pond is an amazing ecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cute and crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989 or email DNREC_LumsPrograms@Delaware.gov Lums Pond State Park

Dip-Netting Discovery

Saturday, September 7, 2019

11:00 AM

Did you know Lums Pond is an amazing ecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cute and crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989.

Add to Calendar 9/7/2019 11:00:00 AM 9/7/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Dip-Netting Discovery Did you know Lums Pond is an amazing ecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cute and crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Kinetic Multi Sports Triathlon

Sunday, September 8, 2019

12:00 AM

For more information please visit: https://kineticmultisports.com/races/diamondman/

Add to Calendar 9/8/2019 12:00:00 AM 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Kinetic Multi Sports Triathlon For more information please visit: https://kineticmultisports.com/races/diamondman/ Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Campfire

Friday, September 13, 2019

6:00 PM

Join us for this end of summer campfire on the main side of the park! Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) and snacks to roast on the fire. Weather permitting. Meets at Area 1. Park entrance fee in effect. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office (302)368-6989.

Add to Calendar 9/13/2019 6:00:00 PM 9/13/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Pondside Campfire Join us for this end of summer campfire on the main side of the park! Bring your own beverages (non-alcoholic) and snacks to roast on the fire. Weather permitting. Meets at Area 1. Park entrance fee in effect. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office (302)368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Sunset Kayak

Saturday, September 14, 2019

6:30 PM

Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. Space is limited; pre-registration and pre payment is required by calling 302-368-6989. Bring water bottle and wear clothes appropriate for getting wet (quick dry). No storage is provided for personal items. Kayaks and PFDs are provided. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program. Must be able to swim. $22 per person (single kayak) or $35 per couple in a tandem (two seated) kayak.

Add to Calendar 9/14/2019 6:30:00 PM 9/14/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Sunset Kayak Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. Space is limited; pre-registration and pre payment is required by calling 302-368-6989. Bring water bottle and wear clothes appropriate for getting wet (quick dry). No storage is provided for personal items. Kayaks and PFDs are provided. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program. Must be able to swim. $22 per person (single kayak) or $35 per couple in a tandem (two seated) kayak. Lums Pond State Park

Dip- Netting Discovery

Sunday, September 15, 2019

11:00 AM

Did you know Lums Pond is an amazing ecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cute and crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989.

Add to Calendar 9/15/2019 11:00:00 AM 9/15/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Dip- Netting Discovery Did you know Lums Pond is an amazing ecosystem filled with aquatic organisms? Come grab a net and find out what cute and crazy creatures call the largest pond in Delaware home! Park entrance fee in effect. Meets at the Nature Center. Please pre-register by calling the Park Office(302)368-6989. Lums Pond State Park

Volunteer Day: Trail Trimming

Saturday, September 21, 2019

10:00 AM

Do you love this park and want to give back? Join our growing Lums Pond Volunteer Team by attending one of our seasonal volunteer days. This Fall we will be working to trim the hayride trail for the fall hayride season. This program will start at the Area 1 bulletin board.

Add to Calendar 9/21/2019 10:00:00 AM 9/21/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Volunteer Day: Trail Trimming Do you love this park and want to give back? Join our growing Lums Pond Volunteer Team by attending one of our seasonal volunteer days. This Fall we will be working to trim the hayride trail for the fall hayride season. This program will start at the Area 1 bulletin board. Lums Pond State Park

Monarch Migrations

Saturday, September 21, 2019

1:00 PM

Search for monarch butterflies, amazing insects, with the legendary migration that peaks this time each fall. Learn about the journey, the butterfly's life cycle and plants you can add to your yard to attract these wonderful beauties! Meets at the Recreation Center.

Add to Calendar 9/21/2019 1:00:00 PM 9/21/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Monarch Migrations Search for monarch butterflies, amazing insects, with the legendary migration that peaks this time each fall. Learn about the journey, the butterfly's life cycle and plants you can add to your yard to attract these wonderful beauties! Meets at the Recreation Center. Lums Pond State Park

Public Pondside Hayrides and Campfire

Friday, September 27, 2019

5:00 PM

Enjoy and evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the ponds edge. Space is limited so pre-registration and pre-payment is required by calling 302-368-6989. $6 per person.

Add to Calendar 9/27/2019 5:00:00 PM 9/27/2019 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Public Pondside Hayrides and Campfire Enjoy and evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the ponds edge. Space is limited so pre-registration and pre-payment is required by calling 302-368-6989. $6 per person. Lums Pond State Park

Monarch Migrations

Saturday, September 28, 2019

1:00 PM

Search for monarch butterflies, amazing insects, with the legendary migration that peaks this time each fall. Learn about the journey, the butterfly's life cycle and plants you can add to your yard to attract these wonderful beauties! Meets at the Recreation Center.

Add to Calendar 9/28/2019 1:00:00 PM 9/28/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Monarch Migrations Search for monarch butterflies, amazing insects, with the legendary migration that peaks this time each fall. Learn about the journey, the butterfly's life cycle and plants you can add to your yard to attract these wonderful beauties! Meets at the Recreation Center. Lums Pond State Park

Public Pondside Hayride and Campfire

Sunday, September 29, 2019

5:00 PM

Enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the ponds edge. Space is limited so pre-registration and pre-payment is required by calling 302-368-6989. $6 per person.

Add to Calendar 9/29/2019 5:00:00 PM 9/29/2019 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Public Pondside Hayride and Campfire Enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the ponds edge. Space is limited so pre-registration and pre-payment is required by calling 302-368-6989. $6 per person. Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Friday, October 4, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM 10/5/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Friday, October 11, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM 10/12/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Saturday, October 12, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 10/12/2019 12:00:00 AM 10/13/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Harvest Weekend at the Nature Center

Saturday, October 12, 2019

12:00 PM

Join us for a fun afternoon of hayrides and fall crafts at the nature center! Cost is $5 per person which includes a short hayride and nature center crafts. Last hayride runs at 2:30p.m. Free to kids 2 and under. Free for Lums Pond Campers!

Add to Calendar 10/12/2019 12:00:00 PM 10/12/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Harvest Weekend at the Nature Center Join us for a fun afternoon of hayrides and fall crafts at the nature center! Cost is $5 per person which includes a short hayride and nature center crafts. Last hayride runs at 2:30p.m. Free to kids 2 and under. Free for Lums Pond Campers! Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayride

Sunday, October 13, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 10/13/2019 12:00:00 AM 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayride Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Friday, October 18, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 10/18/2019 12:00:00 AM 10/19/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Saturday, October 19, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 12:00:00 AM 10/20/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Reptile Hour!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

1:00 PM

Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Free with paid park entrance fee.

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 1:00:00 PM 10/19/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Reptile Hour! Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. Get a close-up look at our resident turtle and snake during this exciting program! Free with paid park entrance fee. Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayride

Sunday, October 20, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 10/20/2019 12:00:00 AM 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayride Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Halloween Hoot!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

12:00 PM

Halloween camping is a hoot! Campers be sure to bring candy for trick or treating and compete to win best decorated campsite! Music, Games, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and more for this afternoon event! Free for campers! *Non-Campers pay $6 per person. Free for 2 years and under. 12-3pm Music, games, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and more. 2:30 pm Last hayride 2:45 pm Best Campsite awarded 3:00 pm Trick -or-treating begins *Campers and non campers welcome for self guided trick-or-treating around campground at designated sites.

Add to Calendar 10/26/2019 12:00:00 PM 10/26/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Halloween Hoot! Halloween camping is a hoot! Campers be sure to bring candy for trick or treating and compete to win best decorated campsite! Music, Games, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and more for this afternoon event! Free for campers! *Non-Campers pay $6 per person. Free for 2 years and under. 12-3pm Music, games, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and more. 2:30 pm Last hayride 2:45 pm Best Campsite awarded 3:00 pm Trick -or-treating begins *Campers and non campers welcome for self guided trick-or-treating around campground at designated sites. Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Friday, November 1, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 11/1/2019 12:00:00 AM 11/2/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Saturday, November 2, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 11/2/2019 12:00:00 AM 11/3/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Sunday, November 3, 2019

12:00 AM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon

Add to Calendar 11/3/2019 12:00:00 AM 11/4/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy an evening hayride on the main side of Lums Pond followed by a campfire at the pond’s edge. Call to schedule your group (302)368-6989. $125 per wagon Lums Pond State Park

Reptile Hour!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

1:00 PM

Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. You will even get a close up look at our resident turtle and snake during the exciting program!

Add to Calendar 11/16/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/16/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Reptile Hour! Stop by the nature center for an hour of fun facts, activities, and crafts about reptiles. You will even get a close up look at our resident turtle and snake during the exciting program! Lums Pond State Park

Campground Weekend: Giving Thanks to Our Campers

Friday, November 29, 2019

12:00 AM

If you are camping this weekend join us for one of our camper appreciation events! Friday we will have a harvest hike on the main side of the park. Saturday we will have hayrides in the campground. Check calendar for details on programs.

Add to Calendar 11/29/2019 12:00:00 AM 11/30/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Campground Weekend: Giving Thanks to Our Campers If you are camping this weekend join us for one of our camper appreciation events! Friday we will have a harvest hike on the main side of the park. Saturday we will have hayrides in the campground. Check calendar for details on programs. Lums Pond State Park

Harvest Hike

Friday, November 29, 2019

1:00 PM

Bring your family and friends this black Friday and skip the long lines to walk off that stuffing!

Add to Calendar 11/29/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/29/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Harvest Hike Bring your family and friends this black Friday and skip the long lines to walk off that stuffing! Lums Pond State Park

Camper Appreciation Hayrides at the Campground

Saturday, November 30, 2019

12:00 PM

We are giving thanks for all our wonderful campers. Join us on a short hayride around the campground! Meet at the Bulletin board near the bathhouse.

Add to Calendar 11/30/2019 12:00:00 PM 11/30/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Camper Appreciation Hayrides at the Campground We are giving thanks for all our wonderful campers. Join us on a short hayride around the campground! Meet at the Bulletin board near the bathhouse. Lums Pond State Park

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