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Lums Pond State Park, DE
Lums Pond State Park is a 1790-acre (7.24 square km) 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 19th century. Lums Pond State Park is open for a wide variety of year-round recreation.
Lums Pond, the largest fresh water pond in Delaware, covering 200 acres (0.81 square km) 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 the 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 pedal boats are available to rent. Lums Pond is a fresh water fishery with the common game fish being carp, pickerel, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass and striped bass. The 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 are 64 campsites without electric connections, 5 sites with electricity, 2 yurts, and 4 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 a grill.
Lums Pond State Park is open to hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on Lums Pond State 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 ball fields 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 form 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.
Any more questions about the park or anything that is offered by the park can be directed to 302-368-6989 which is the number to Lums Pond's office or by calling the Division of Parks and Recreation headquarters in Dover at 302-739-9200.
The following parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Lums Pond State Park:
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Elkton, MD: 5 miles
Dover, DE: 30 miles
Wilmington, DE: 15 miles
Baltimore, MD: 50 miles
Philadelphia, PA: 40 miles
From the North: take I-95 South to exit 1A (Middletown & 896 South) about 8 miles to Rt. 71/301. Turn left onto Rt. 71/301. Go northeast about 1 mile. Campground is on the left.
From the South: take 896/301 North. Go over Summit Bridge. At the bottom of Summit Bridge turn right onto Rt. 71/301. Go northeast about 1 mile. Campground is on the left.
Mailing Address:Lums Pond State Park
1068 HOWELL ROAD
BEAR DE 19720
Phone Number:Information: (302)368-6989