Description - Natural and recreational opportunities abound at Killens Pond State Park, centrally located in the heart of Kent County. The park's centerpiece is the 66-acre millpond which features boating and fishing. The all new Killens Pond Water Park offers resort entertainment in a serene, natural setting. Only about an 1• hour drive from either the northern or southern boundary, Killens Pond makes a perfect home base for exploring the First State.
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Killens Pond State Park
The millpond was established in the late 1700s. Prior to the pond's creation, the Murderkill River and surrounding hardwood forest were sites of several Native American homes and hunting camps. According to legend, the river's unusual name refers to a local tribe's massacre of a Dutch trading party at the mouth of the river in 1648. Now a peaceful oasis, Killens Pond became a state park in 1965.
- Killens Pond State Park has outdoor activities suited for all tastes. The park features a year-round campground, which includes a cabin community. The pond is a wonderful fishing site supporting populations of largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel. A boat launch is provided for boating enthusiasts. Don't have a boat? The park rents canoes, rowboats, surf bikes, kayaks and pedal boats during the summer season. Serious paddlers find the Murderkill River Canoe Trail to their liking.
The new Killens Pond Water Park is not just a pool-it's an entirely new water experience! Gently sloping from ground level, the innovatively designed main pool's zero-depth entrance makes getting in and out easy. It also features three lap lanes along with exciting interactive water features such as the Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk. For maximum water excitement, two 27-foot high, 205-foot long twisting and turning water slides end in a specially designed splash pool. At the tot pool and tot lot, bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system give smaller visitors lots of fun ways to enjoy a warm summer's day. After working up an appetite, hungry swimmers can enjoy a variety of menu items at the new food concession. The Swim Shop is the place for all your sunning and swimming needs.
More recreational activities can be found throughout the woodlands and grassy fields surrounding the pond. Hiking trails and a cross-country running course wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals. A number of game courts and ball fields satisfy the athlete, and an 18-hole disc golf course challenges players to test their skill with a flying disk. The Life Course Trail offers a healthy challenge; and the Ice Storm Trail gives hikers a chance to observe the forest's recovery from the devastating ice storms that struck the area in 1994.
Playground equipment and picnic areas are the perfect place for pleasant lunch or dinner break and four pavilions can be reserved for larger group events. A bike path from Route 13 to the main entrance provides a leisurely passage into and out of the park. There is also a new extension that leads to the water park and sports complex areas.
A number of recreational programs are conducted during the summer. Autumn hayrides are available by reservation after Labor Day through mid-November, providing a memorable view of the vivid fall foliage.
Recreation - Located in the heart of Kent County, Killens is a recreation mecca. Hikers, bicyclists, anglers, boaters, swimmers, campers,and picnickers pack the park all year long.
Climate - The Chesapeake and Delaware Bays moderate Delaware's climate. The state experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be bitterly cold. Highs during this season average near freezing with low temperatures near 0 degrees F. Spring comes to this region in mid to late March. This is a pleasant time to visit with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer brings temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees F. Humidity is highest inland with ocean breezes cooling the shoreline. Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays.
Killens Pond State Park is located 13 miles south of Dover, about 1 mile off of U.S. Route 13 and about 8 miles off Route 113. The park's main entrance is on Killens Pond Road; the campground entrance is on Paradise Alley Road.