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Lums Pond State Park is a small, 1,720-acre park near the town of Bear, DE. The pond was first created in the 1800s when the St Georges Creek was dammed as part of the project to build the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The canal needed several locks and water from the pond was used to fill them, and thus it became a popular recreational area before being declared a state park in 1963.
Just to the north of the park is the city of Wilmington and White Clay Creek State Park, and a little further on will bring you to the metropolis of Philadelphia. The Atlantic coastline along Delaware Bay is a beautiful area to explore
Although a relatively small park, it has a lot to offer in terms of activities and facilities and makes a great base when you search for a camper in New Castle County. At the park’s center is the pond, but unfortunately, swimming is not allowed. Boating is permitted, and you can rent a variety of craft in the park, including small sailboats, kayaks, and canoes.
If fishing is of more interest, then you won’t be disappointed, with carp, bass catfish, and crappie all well stocked in the pond. You do need a fishing permit, but these can be easily booked online.
Built into the trees of the park is the Go Ape zip lining course. You have to be over 10 years of age to use it, and it’s about a three-hour adventure through the treetops, giving a completely different view of the park. With four zip-lines over the pond, rope ladders, Tarzan swings and more, it’s an adventure everyone will enjoy.
After all the excitement of the zip lining, perhaps a gentle walk around the nature preserve will give you time to calm down? This short loop trail takes you through the woodlands of the park and is suitable for walking, biking, or horse-riding.
Of course, hiking features strongly in the activities, and you’ll find three good trails when camping at Lums Pond State Park. The Little Jersey Trail is a complete circuit around the park covering just over eight miles. It passes through the Natural Area, a small section of the pond shore and the off-leash dog area, so is perfect for your four-legged friends.
A little shorter is the Swamp Forest Trail, which also completes a complete loop of the park, but stays closer to the shoreline and is just over 6 miles long. The Life Course Trail is aimed at fitness enthusiasts, as it passes 20 different fitness stations along its 0.8-mile length. You can, of course, simply walk the trail and enjoy the scenery!
Bring your RV rental to Lums Pond State Park, and you’ll find a small campground on the edge of the pond with around 60 full-hookup sites. The campground doesn’t offer a wide range of facilities, but there are hot showers in the restrooms and a basic store where you can buy your daily essentials such as bread and milk.
Within the park, and close to the campground, there are a range of sports facilities such as a disc golf course, a children’s playground, and volleyball courts. Sports and recreation equipment is available to hire from the park office.
Rent a camper at Lums Pond State Park, and you’ll find several small towns nearby with gas stations and convenience stores. Just a couple of miles northwest in your rental RV is Elkton, a midsize town that has larger stores and a large choice of restaurants.
As the original use of Lums Pond was to feed the locks of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, a visit to the C&D Canal Museum in Chesapeake should make an interesting visit. The canal stretches for 14 miles connecting the Delaware River and the Elk River and avoiding a 300-mile trip around the Delaware and Maryland coastlines. The museum is housed in the original 18yh century pump-house and includes interactive displays and videos depicting the history of the canal. The canal’s importance is demonstrated by the fact it is still in use today and has been continually improved and enlarged over the centuries.
Just north of the park and you’ll find the Newark History Museum, located in the 1877 Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Newark. The building alone draws many admiring visitors, but inside, there is a range of exhibits depicting life in Newark. The exhibits are continually changing, but the museum also offers items for display in off-site locations, so the particular era you are interested in may be available to view somewhere else in Newark.