At 200 acres, you may not think Lums Pond is particularly big, but it is actually the largest freshwater pond in the state of Delaware. Lums Pond State Park, at nearly 2,000 acres, is a very large park. It offers plenty to do, including places to camp, both with electrical hookups and without.
In addition to camping, there are soccer fields, baseball fields, and places to picnic. You will also find stables for horses, trails for hiking, and mountain biking, in winter, there is cross-country skiing. And, of course, there is fishing and water skiing, and boat slips. However, one thing you cannot do at Lums Pond is swim.
That is if you are a person. Swimming is allowed for doggies, however, provided they do it at the off-leash dog area. The Lums Pond Off-Leash Area is a natural area. It is not fenced, and the meadows are not mowed. The area does have dirt paths through the grasslands and meadows. So that means that the grass can get pretty high.
The off-leash area includes woods, a narrow beach, and a sizeable section of Lums Pond, which is marked by buoys to keep boats away from the dogs. There's a small dock into the dog section of the pond that is perfect for a dog to jump off from.
There are picnic tables in the off-leash areas, but there are no grills or even garbage cans. There is no list of prohibited items, such as glass bottles, but bear in mind you are responsible for packing out any trash that you create. One of the best features of the off-leash area is how secluded it is.
The Lums Pond State Park is large, and the off-leash area is set well back from any roads or traffic. It is, however, close to the campgrounds, which can be very convenient. There is a camping fee, and there is a daily fee for entering the park, but there is no fee for just using the off-leash area.