Lums Pond State Park
Lums Pond State Park is a 1,790-acre (720 ha) Delaware state park near Bear, New Castle County, Delaware in the United States. The park surrounds Lums Pond, an impoundment built by the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal on St. Georges Creek. The C&D built the pond as a source of water to fill the locks of the canal that connected the Chesapeake Bay with the Delaware River during the early 19th century. Lums Pond State Park is open for a wide variety of year-round recreation.
|Lums Pond State Park|
A view of a picnic area along the edge of Lums Pond
Location of Lums Pond State Park in Delaware
|Location||New Castle, Delaware, United States|
|Area||1,790 acres (7.2 km2)|
|Named for||Lums Pond|
|Governing body||Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control|
|Website||Lums Pond State Park|
Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware, covering 200 acres (81 ha) in central New Castle County, was built in the early 19th century as an impoundment for the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The pond supplied water to fill the locks of the canal and water power for a local gristmill. The pond became a natural recreational draw for the residents of Delaware. Ownership was transferred to the state of Delaware in the mid-20th century. Lums Pond State Park was opened to the public in 1963.
Lums Pond is the center of recreation at Lums Pond State Park. Although swimming is not permitted in the pond, it is open to boating and fishing. Rowboats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, and pedalos are available to rent. Lums Pond is a freshwater fishery with the common game fish being carp, pickerel, crappie, catfish, and largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass. The hybrid striped bass are stocked by the Fish and Wildlife Division of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The other game fish are native species.
Many visitors to Lums Pond State Park take advantage of the wide variety of camping opportunities that are available. There 62 campsites without electric connections, six sites with electricity, two yurts, and four sites with stabling facilities for horses. The campsites are open to RVs or tents. The yurts feature bunk beds and a futon, electricity, and a large outdoor deck with freshwater and a grill. The Whale Wallow Nature Center is open seasonally.
Lums Pond State Park is open to hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on the park's network of trails. Summit North Marina is located on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. It has 250 private slips for boats and offers boat and fuel sales, boat storage and boat repair. Many different ballfields and game courts are spread throughout Lums Pond State Park. The fields are open to football, soccer, baseball, and softball. The courts are open to basketball, volleyball and tennis. Horseshoes pits are available as is a disc golf course. Hunting is permitted with a hunting license from the Division of Fish and Wildlife but a special permit from the Division of Parks and Recreation is also required since the park is Parks and Recreation property. The special permit can be acquired at the park office.
Nearby state parks
The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Lums Pond State Park:
- Alapocas Run State Park (New Castle County)
- Auburn Valley State Park (New Castle County)
- Bellevue State Park (New Castle County)
- Brandywine Creek State Park (New Castle County)
- Elk Neck State Park (Maryland)
- Fort Delaware State Park (New Castle County)
- Fort DuPont State Park (New Castle County)
- Fort Mott State Park (New Jersey)
- Fox Point State Park (New Castle County)
- First State Heritage Park at Dover (Kent County)
- Parvin State Park (New Jersey)
- Ridley Creek State Park (Pennsylvania)
- Susquehanna State Park (Maryland)
- Wilmington State Parks (New Castle County)
- White Clay Creek Preserve (Pennsylvania)
- White Clay Creek State Park (New Castle County)
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- "Division of Fish and Wildlife". Delaware.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-09.
- Rome, Chandler (June 21, 2013). "Lums Pond State Park goes extreme". The News Journal. Retrieved June 29, 2013.