KILLENS POND STATE PARK
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. Open year-round, the park's campground and cozy cabins are popular retreats no matter what the season.
The millpond was established in the late 1700's. 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.
These family cabins sleep four and feature an efficiency kitchen with an eating area, bedroom, bath with shower, A/C, and heat. A picnic table, grill and porch are located outside. Cabin renters will receive a voucher for free one-hour boat rental.
The roomier, deluxe Pond View Cottage has extra amenities and an outstanding view of the Pond!
The cabins are available year round with a maximum stay of two consecutive weeks. During the summer season, from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to the Friday of Labor Day weekend, cabins must be rented for a one week period beginning on Friday. All other times of the year cabins may be rented for any number of nights up to 14 days. All reservations for a Friday must also include a Saturday.Reservations are accepted up to seven (7) months prior to the date of arrival.
Since animals are not allowed in cabins, campers should not bring their pets.
Killens Pond State Park
The wooded campground is a popular attraction at Killens Pond. This year-round facility boasts 59 sites which feature electric and water hookups, accommodating both tents and recreational vehicles. In addition, there is a primitive camping loop for tents only which features 17 walk-in sites.
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.
Exploring by boat is easy, thanks to a convenient boat launching ramp. Canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer.Boat Rental Hours.
Weekends in May, September and mid-October: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day:
Noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday
Fishing and Boating
The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel, all of which await the patient angler. Exploring by boat is easy, thanks to a convenient boat launching ramp. Canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer. The Murderkill River Canoe Trail provides a challenge for the more adventurous paddler.