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Trap Pond State Park


About the Park

Trap Pond was once the site of a large freshwater wetland and still hosts the country's northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a sawmill used in harvesting the baldcypress. The federal government purchased the pond and surrounding farmland during the 1930s, and the Civilian Conservation Corps began to develop the area for recreation. Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951.

Boating and Fishing

Canoing and kayaking are popular at Trap Pond State Park

Rowboats, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented for use within the park during the summer season, and park interpreters host narrated pontoon boat tours on summer weekends and holidays. One of the streams that flows into Trap Pond has been marked as a wilderness canoe trail. A boat launching ramp accommodates small motorized boats for fishing or exploring the pond. Anglers may land a variety of fish, from pickerel, crappie, and bluegills to catfish, American eel and largemouth bass. Fishing license required. Get info about fishing permits.

Camping

Island campsite at Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond’s campground offers a wide variety of sites beneath its tall loblolly pines, including RV and tent sites with water and electric, walk-in tent sites, two popular island tent sites, and primitive camping areas for youth groups (available by reservation only). Waterfront climate- controlled camping cabins, each with a living area and bedroom, are available year-round. Yurts, round stationary structures with canvas walls, allow a rustic camping experience without having to pitch your own tent. Click for info and reservations

Recreation

Hiking, biking, and horse trails provide plenty of ways to explore the park. Birdwatchers may spot Bald Eagles, Pileated Woodpeckers, orioles, Wood Ducks, tanagers, and a variety of warblers, depending on the season. Shaded picnic areas overlook the pond, and three pavilions may be reserved for group events. Additional recreation areas include volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, athletic fields, and a children’s playground. The Baldcypress Nature Center features a variety of displays and programs, and hosts a popular concert series during the summer.

Baldcypress Nature Center

Baldcypress nature center interior animal displays

Discover the story of the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees on the east coast at Trap Pond’s Baldcypress Nature Center. You’ll find programs for park guests of all ages and learn about the history of one of Delaware’s original state parks.

Nature Preserve

Nanticoke River Nature Preserve – is located along Butler Mill Branch, a tributary of the Nanticoke River. It is comprised of upland forest and Atlantic White Cedar.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking along road.

Acreage: 23 acres

Upcoming Events

Fishing Frenzy

Monday, June 28, 2021

12:00 AM

Campers will become experienced anglers! Learn the various bait types, fish species and knots needed to become excellent fisherman! We will fish from the bank, docks and our pontoon boat during the week. A fishing tournament will be held at the end of the week to show off our new skills.

Add to Calendar 6/28/2021 12:00:00 AM 7/2/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Fishing Frenzy Campers will become experienced anglers! Learn the various bait types, fish species and knots needed to become excellent fisherman! We will fish from the bank, docks and our pontoon boat during the week. A fishing tournament will be held at the end of the week to show off our new skills. Trap Pond State Park

Expert Fishing Camp

Monday, July 5, 2021

12:00 AM

For more experienced anglers. Alternate techniques, including fly fishing, will be taught and used. We will also hand-make our own lures, rigs, and other fishing equipment.

Add to Calendar 7/5/2021 12:00:00 AM 7/9/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Expert Fishing Camp For more experienced anglers. Alternate techniques, including fly fishing, will be taught and used. We will also hand-make our own lures, rigs, and other fishing equipment. Trap Pond State Park

Art in the Park

Monday, July 12, 2021

12:00 AM

Do you love arts and crafts? This is the camp for you. Enjoy adventures around the park to draw inspiration for your works of art. Paint, sculpt and craft.

Add to Calendar 7/12/2021 12:00:00 AM 7/14/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Art in the Park Do you love arts and crafts? This is the camp for you. Enjoy adventures around the park to draw inspiration for your works of art. Paint, sculpt and craft. Trap Pond State Park

Creature Feature

Monday, July 19, 2021

12:00 AM

This camp focuses on the wide array of creatures that live here at Trap Pond. Learn how to effectively and safely view and observe the many types of wildlife at Trap Pond State Park.

Add to Calendar 7/19/2021 12:00:00 AM 7/23/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Creature Feature This camp focuses on the wide array of creatures that live here at Trap Pond. Learn how to effectively and safely view and observe the many types of wildlife at Trap Pond State Park. Trap Pond State Park

Vets & Pets

Monday, July 26, 2021

12:00 AM

This camp is for those who aspire to work with animals or want to take good care of their pets. The animals we will learn about will include Monarch Butterflies, reptiles, domestic and even farm animals.

Add to Calendar 7/26/2021 12:00:00 AM 7/30/2021 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Vets & Pets This camp is for those who aspire to work with animals or want to take good care of their pets. The animals we will learn about will include Monarch Butterflies, reptiles, domestic and even farm animals. Trap Pond State Park


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