Immerse yourself in nature and serenity at these Delaware lakes and ponds during your next getaway. When you stay at one of numerous Delaware vacation rentals, you can enjoy easy access to lush greenery, stunning waters, and fun attractions for all ages. Plan your next trip with these 10 lakes and ponds in Delaware at the top of your list.

1. Lake Como

Spend your summer days swimming in Lake Como, a mecca for water activities. Rent paddle boats or canoes to wade through the water, or opt for a guided fishing trip with Lake Como Fishing. The kids are in safe hands at this lake’s beach that features a lifeguard on duty during the warmer months. Get to know nature on your getaway with a trip to the Blackbird Forest in nearby Smyrna, where you can hunt and hike.

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2. Lums Pond

Head to New Castle County to discover the largest freshwater pond in the state of Delaware. This quaint pond is located in Lums Pond State Park, and is open year-round for guests to sail, kayak, and canoe in the summer, and snowmobile and hike in the winter. Showcase your athletic talents when making the Lums Pond area your vacation destination, that is home to tennis and basketball courts, as well as sports fields.

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3. Moores Lake

At the intersection of South State Street and Pugh Avenue, you can find the entrance to this large lake right in the city of Dover. Spend a few days biking the trails around the lake, or paddling on the water to soak up the sun. Dover is also a haven for entertainment, with attractions such as the Dover International Speedway, the Dover Downs Casino, and historical spots such as the John Dickinson Plantation and the Biggs Museum of American Art.

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4. Silver Lake

Make Dover your vacation destination and enjoy the plentiful activities abound at Silver Lake and its adjacent park. This lake features boat ramps if you bring your own, or you can rent a boat and watercrafts from Dockside Boat Rentals. Enjoy a picnic lunch with the family at one of the many public areas with picnic tables and barbecue grills surrounding the lake. Then, treat the avid fishing enthusiasts to a day of reeling in white perch, striped bass, carp, and crappie before returning to your cozy vacation rental.

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5. Records Pond

Visit Laurel for a week-long vacation or a weekend getaway and spend your days gazing at the lush greenery that surrounds Records Pond. This pond is popular for fishing, and features an abundance of channel catfish, sunfish, largemouth bass, and crappies. Rent a boat from the Trap Pond State Park Marina to get out on the water, or put your kayaks and canoes in at the access point on the north shoreline.

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6. Trap Pond

At the southwest end of the state sits a quaint state park and pond that was once extensive wetlands. A trip to Trap Pond gives you and your family a chance to hike or bike the trails at the park, and fish in the pond. Bird enthusiasts get their fill in this stunning area that is filled with lush trees and plants. Before heading back to your rustic vacation rental, stop in at the Bald Cypress Nature Center to see amphibians, reptiles, and fish.

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7. Lake Gerar

Have some fun in the sun on Rehoboth Beach that is an integral part of Lake Gerar. This small freshwater lake features a park and playground for the kids and a fishing pier for the avid fishing enthusiasts. Walk the trails when the breeze is cool in the morning, and then stop in to smell the flowers at the park‘s Italian Garden. In the evenings, catch a show at the nearby Clear Space Theatre, or treat yourself to some pampering at the One Spirit Massage Studio.

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8. Killens Pond

Opt for small-town charm combined with big-city fun when booking a vacation rental near Killens Pond that sits along the Murderkill River. Located adjacent to Killens Pond State Park, this area is rich with outdoor activities that include rowing, canoeing, and kayaking in the pond, as well as cross-country skiing and hiking in the winter months. Treat the kids to an afternoon at the Killens Pond Water Park, or get active at the Killens Pond State Park 18-hole disc golf course.

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9. Hoopes Reservoir

If you‘re seeking serenity on your next vacation, Hoopes Reservoir is the obvious choice. As the largest reservoir in Delaware, Hoopes Reservoir offers plenty of opportunities to boat, fish, and swim, but you can also soak up the sun while viewing nature with the adjacent Valley Garden Park located on the northeast end of the lake.

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10. Millsboro Pond

Step back in time when making Millsboro Pond your vacation destination. This area was once a habitat of the Nanticoke Indians, and is popular for fishing and hunting. The pond features a plentiful stock of largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, and black crappie for you and the kids to catch and release. When the weather is warm, rent kayaks and canoes from Delmarva Adventure Sports.

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