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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Monday, June 15, 2020
Get ready for a week of discovering all things wild about the park. Dip net along the pond’s edge to discover the true creatures living under the surface! Paddleboat the pond in search of wildlife along the pond. Campers will enjoy a special visit from the Brandywine Zoo!
Monday, June 22, 2020
Kayak the pond in search of wildlife and learn about the adventures you can have when working with wildlife! Peak behind the scenes in conservation efforts, conduct wildlife research, and meet special guests who work to protect our parks including Lums Ponds Natural Resource Police and Delaware State Parks’ K9 Officer, Leo.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Aargh you ready for some mid-summer fun with a week of water play, pirate games and treasure hunts? Includes nature exploration, animal encounters, crafts, and lots of water activities like water balloons, sprinklers, paddle boating, and dip netting in the pond.
Monday, July 6, 2020
Hone those outdoor survival skills by making bamboo fishing poles, hiking sticks, and lean-tos. Meet outdoor professionals who will teach campfire making and archery. This camp will include a special trip to Fort Delaware to learn how they survived on the island. We will also experience Go Ape’s Junior course to see what Lums looks like from above.
Monday, July 13, 2020
Campers spend the week making lures, learning knot tying and of course, fishing! We’ll practice casting, make fish prints, and do some science experiments! Includes a field trip to get an up-close look at Delaware’s native fish and a Friday fishing tournament where everyone’s a winner!
Monday, July 20, 2020
This week will be packed full of outdoor sports! Each day campers will play the classics like baseball, basketball and soccer. Campers will also get to learn some games out on the water as we explore the pond by boat. This camp includes a sports related field trip.
Monday, July 27, 2020
This traveling fishing camp will take campers on an adventure to explore some of the best fishing spots in our area. Campers will get to experiment with different types of bait, and head out on the water to test their angling skills!
Monday, August 3, 2020
Campers’ outdoor adventure starts here! We have packed a week full of just a few of the many activities Delaware's state parks have to offer! Campers will start up north with rock climbing at Alapocas and tubing the Brandywine. Back at home base we will swing from the treetops on the Go Ape Junior Course. We will head south to Killens Pond to splash around the waterpark as we finish up the week.