When the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was built on St. Georges Creek in the early 1800s, Lums Pond was built as a source of water. It soon became a recreational attraction popular with Delaware locals, and was officially designated a state park in the 1960s.
Encompassing 1,790 acres, Lums Pond State Park is open to outdoor enthusiasts all year round. While swimming in the pond is prohibited, its waters are known to offer excellent fishing. As the largest freshwater pond in Delaware, Lums Pond is home to crappie, bluegill, perch, pickerel, and several more.
A boat launching ramp and two piers provide easy water access. You can bring your own watercraft, or, if needed, rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats.
Away from the water, there's plenty more to see and do. You could explore the multi-use Little Jersey Trail on foot, bike, or horseback, or marvel at the hardwood forest in the Lums Pond Woods Nature Preserve.
The Go Ape ziplining course provides a two to three-hour treetop adventure including rope ladders, treetop crossings, Tarzan swings, and four zip lines. It's open to anyone 10 years old and up, but there's also a Treetop Junior course for younger climbers.
Other park features include football and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, and even an off-leash exercise area for canine campers.
Speaking of dogs, yours is more than welcome to join you in the spacious campground. Tents and RVs are accommodated on these sites, and while yurts are also available they are not pet-friendly.
As always, you'll need to clean up after your pet whenever necessary. There's also a requirement for pets to be on a leash of six feet or shorter and attended at all times, except when in the designated off-leash area.
Lums Pond State Park offers so many outdoor recreational activities you'll struggle to find the time to fit them in. Luckily, with a chance to stretch their legs in the off-leash area, your dog won't mind one bit if you decide to extend your stay.