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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 Event: Halloween Hoot!

Trick-or-Treating at the Campground 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 fun afternoon event! Free for campers! $6 per person, free for campers, free for 2 and under Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Noon

Add to Calendar 10/26/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Event: Halloween Hoot! Trick-or-Treating at the Campground 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 fun afternoon event! Free for campers! $6 per person, free for campers, free for 2 and under 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

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

5:00 PM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy a 45-minute hayride on the main side of the park, and a cozy 50-minute campfire after. Groups can bring their own refreshments (non-alcoholic). Wagons leave on the hour at 5 or 6 p.m. Available by reservation only. Approximately 25 people per wagon. Call to schedule your private group hayride: (302) 368-6989. $125 per wagon.

Add to Calendar 11/1/2019 5:00:00 PM 11/2/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy a 45-minute hayride on the main side of the park, and a cozy 50-minute campfire after. Groups can bring their own refreshments (non-alcoholic). Wagons leave on the hour at 5 or 6 p.m. Available by reservation only. Approximately 25 people per wagon. Call to schedule your private group hayride: (302) 368-6989. $125 per wagon. Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Saturday, November 2, 2019

5:00 PM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy a 45-minute hayride on the main side of the park, and a cozy 50-minute campfire after. Groups can bring their own refreshments (non-alcoholic). Wagons leave on the hour at 5, 6 or 7 p.m. Available by reservation only. Approximately 25 people per wagon. Call to schedule your private group hayride: (302) 368-6989. $125 per wagon.

Add to Calendar 11/2/2019 5:00:00 PM 11/3/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy a 45-minute hayride on the main side of the park, and a cozy 50-minute campfire after. Groups can bring their own refreshments (non-alcoholic). Wagons leave on the hour at 5, 6 or 7 p.m. Available by reservation only. Approximately 25 people per wagon. Call to schedule your private group hayride: (302) 368-6989. $125 per wagon. Lums Pond State Park

Pondside Hayrides

Sunday, November 3, 2019

5:00 PM

Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy a 45-minute hayride on the main side of the park, and a cozy 50-minute campfire after. Groups can bring their own refreshments (non-alcoholic). Wagons leave on the hour at 5 or 6 p.m. Available by reservation only. Approximately 25 people per wagon. Call to schedule your private group hayride: (302) 368-6989. $125 per wagon.

Add to Calendar 11/3/2019 5:00:00 PM 11/4/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pondside Hayrides Back by popular demand! Groups can enjoy a 45-minute hayride on the main side of the park, and a cozy 50-minute campfire after. Groups can bring their own refreshments (non-alcoholic). Wagons leave on the hour at 5 or 6 p.m. Available by reservation only. Approximately 25 people per wagon. Call to schedule your private group hayride: (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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