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Reflections on Trap Pond

A self-supported trip created by MidAtlanticDayTripsB

Trip Overview

We launched at the parking lot/boat launch just before you enter Trap Pond State Park; 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956. Our route started at the boat ramp, just before you enter the park (and have to pay the fee). From the boat ramp, we paddled to the left, or east(ish) to Terrapin Branch, entering that. After paddling up it for a bit, we turned around, once again entering Trap Pond and navigating through a few stands of bald cypress. Again, we headed left, circumnavigating its shoreline, eventually reaching the boat rental area (can rent kayaks there as well); from there we crossed the lake back to the boat ramp. We spent about 2 hours just exploring the pond and the creek. You will see lots of blue heron, some green heron, and numerous other birds. The point of this paddle is the bald cypress swamp -- gorgeous trees. Trap Pond is a primary destination for photographers, and is noted for its incredible beauty! No solitude here though, but a small price to pay to enjoy the lovely environment. For more info and photos:


No current to speak of, very quiet water. Sometimes must navigate through dense water lilies or under over-hanging brush and trees, and there are some underwater obstacles such as tree roots.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 8/26/2017
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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