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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.

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

Warm-up Your Winter Hike

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Join us on a hike to warm up and get moving this winter. We will hike the Pondside Trail and explore how the animals and plants adapt to cold temperatures. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Warm-up Your Winter Hike Join us on a hike to warm up and get moving this winter. We will hike the Pondside Trail and explore how the animals and plants adapt to cold temperatures. Free Killens Pond State Park

Spring Break Out Camp

Monday, April 13, 2020

9 a.m.

Time to stretch those legs and get outside! Each day will be full of outdoor adventure and crafts. Must register by March 27. We reserve the right to cancel if there are fewer than 5 participants.

Add to Calendar 6 10 America/New_York Spring Break Out Camp Time to stretch those legs and get outside! Each day will be full of outdoor adventure and crafts. Must register by March 27. We reserve the right to cancel if there are fewer than 5 participants. Killens Pond State Park

Creepy Crawlers

Monday, June 22, 2020

9 a.m.

Discover what slithers and crawls, what swims and flies, and what’s slimy, scaly, smooth, and fuzzy. Through games, crafts, and discovery activities campers will learn all about how and why these creepy crawlers are everywhere.

Add to Calendar 6 9 America/New_York Creepy Crawlers Discover what slithers and crawls, what swims and flies, and what’s slimy, scaly, smooth, and fuzzy. Through games, crafts, and discovery activities campers will learn all about how and why these creepy crawlers are everywhere. Killens Pond State Park

Fun in Fitness

Monday, June 29, 2020

9 a.m.

Enjoy the endless ways to stay active outdoors from yoga, rock climbing, and kayaking to hiking and fishing. Learn how to prepare yourself for high adventure activities to keep you safe and fit while having fun. This action packed camp will be filled with games, trips to the Killens Pond Life Course, and an obstacle course to test your skills at the end of the week. Travel time: Delaware Rock Gym (1 hour).

Add to Calendar 10 13 America/New_York Fun in Fitness Enjoy the endless ways to stay active outdoors from yoga, rock climbing, and kayaking to hiking and fishing. Learn how to prepare yourself for high adventure activities to keep you safe and fit while having fun. This action packed camp will be filled with games, trips to the Killens Pond Life Course, and an obstacle course to test your skills at the end of the week. Travel time: Delaware Rock Gym (1 hour). Killens Pond State Park

Living History

Monday, July 6, 2020

9 a.m.

Experience the rich history of Delaware. Travel back in time to Colonial, Civil War, and World War II eras. Ride in the steam cars at Auburn Valley State Park, and tour Historical Dover, Fort Miles and Fort Delaware. Travel times: First State Heritage Park (30 minutes), Fort Miles (1 hour), Auburn Valley (1 hour, 20 minutes), and Fort Delaware (1 hour).

Add to Calendar 8 12 America/New_York Living History Experience the rich history of Delaware. Travel back in time to Colonial, Civil War, and World War II eras. Ride in the steam cars at Auburn Valley State Park, and tour Historical Dover, Fort Miles and Fort Delaware. Travel times: First State Heritage Park (30 minutes), Fort Miles (1 hour), Auburn Valley (1 hour, 20 minutes), and Fort Delaware (1 hour). Killens Pond State Park

Pirate Adventures

Monday, July 13, 2020

9 a.m.

Ahoy Matey! Discover treasure from shipwrecks off the Delaware coastline, build your own pirate ship, use the seining techniques of sailors, and dress up in your best pirate gear for the final day and follow the map to the hidden treasure! Travel times: Indian River Life-Saving Station (1 hour) and Cape Henlopen (1 hour).

Add to Calendar 8 12 America/New_York Pirate Adventures Ahoy Matey! Discover treasure from shipwrecks off the Delaware coastline, build your own pirate ship, use the seining techniques of sailors, and dress up in your best pirate gear for the final day and follow the map to the hidden treasure! Travel times: Indian River Life-Saving Station (1 hour) and Cape Henlopen (1 hour). Killens Pond State Park

Wilderness Survival Camp

Monday, July 20, 2020

9 a.m.

Learn what it takes to prepare for outdoor adventure activities like backpacking, camping, and boating. Put your skills to the test and become a master at shelter building, fire safety, orienteering, and a wide range of primitive skills. The week will end with overnight camping at the park on Thursday. Dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday will be provided.

Add to Calendar 10 13 America/New_York Wilderness Survival Camp Learn what it takes to prepare for outdoor adventure activities like backpacking, camping, and boating. Put your skills to the test and become a master at shelter building, fire safety, orienteering, and a wide range of primitive skills. The week will end with overnight camping at the park on Thursday. Dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday will be provided. Killens Pond State Park

Aquatic Adventures

Monday, July 27, 2020

9 a.m.

Love the water? Want to a fun way to stay cool and beat the heat? Be prepared for a splash from water games, waterslides, and boating activities that make for some great H2O experiences.

Add to Calendar 6 9 America/New_York Aquatic Adventures Love the water? Want to a fun way to stay cool and beat the heat? Be prepared for a splash from water games, waterslides, and boating activities that make for some great H2O experiences. Killens Pond State Park

Junior Naturalist

Monday, August 3, 2020

9 a.m.

Learn what it takes to be a naturalist. Discover the reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, insects, and fish of the park while hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Assist naturalists with the husbandry of our resident Animal Ambassadors. Use artifacts from the nature center collection to create a fun project to put your naturalist skills to the test.

Add to Calendar 6 9 America/New_York Junior Naturalist Learn what it takes to be a naturalist. Discover the reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, insects, and fish of the park while hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Assist naturalists with the husbandry of our resident Animal Ambassadors. Use artifacts from the nature center collection to create a fun project to put your naturalist skills to the test. Killens Pond State Park

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