Brian Bushweller, State Senator

17th District of Delaware

September, 2017

Idea for a September Outing

Now that summer is basically over, the kids are back in school and family trips have given way to more routine activities, September is a great time for Kent County seniors to take advantage of one of Delaware’s jewels, Killens Pond State Park.  Located just off Route 13, southeast of Felton, Killens Pond could be a refreshing way to spend a great day outdoors, get some really good exercise and enjoy the near perfect weather we get in September.  (If you’re like me, instead of really great exercise, you could make it really refreshing relaxation … in a serene and natural setting!)

According to the State Division of Parks and Recreation website, Killens Pond was created as a millpond on the Murderkill River in the late 1700’s.  The Murderkill area was an ancestral home of several Native American tribes.  The website explains that the unusual name of the river stems from a local tribe’s massacre of a Dutch trading party in 1648.  The site also assures readers that Killens Pond is now “a peaceful oasis”.

There’s lots to do at Killens Pond.  The centerpiece of the Park is the 66 acre millpond that features fishing and boating.  The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, perch, bluegills and pickerel.  “Parks and Rec” says all of these await the patient angler.  (In my case, I’m still patiently waiting.) Kayaks and paddle boats are available to rent and the Murderkill River Canoe Trail provides a challenge for more adventurous paddlers.  Fishing licenses are required.

The Killens Pond Nature Center sits at the edge of the park’s forest with a spectacular view of the Pond from the building’s covered deck.  The Center includes a collection of native reptiles and amphibians located on the first level.

More recreational activities can be found throughout the woodlands and grassy fields surrounding the Pond.  Hiking trails wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals.  A Life Course Trail offers a healthy challenge.

The 2.6 mile Pondside Trail is carpeted with pine needles and sand and winds along the banks of the Pond.  Playground equipment and picnic areas are the perfect place for pleasant lunch or dinner breaks.

Most of the material for this column was taken from the website of DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation.  You can go there yourself at www.destateparks.com.  Click on “State Parks and Attractions” at the top of the page, then click on Killens Pond. You’ll find lots more about the Park including information on its world class water park.

By the way, while you‘re on that website, take a look at the other parks in Delaware’s system.  We really do have a fabulous state park system.  From the rolling hills and wandering streams of northern Delaware through our wonderful Killens Pond to Trap Pond’s magnificent northern-most natural stand of bald cypress trees in the United States to our ocean parks, there is beauty to be enjoyed and nature to be embraced.