Areas closed or newly opened
Childs Park opens Thursday, May 23. Dingmans Falls, Blue Mt Lakes/Skyline and unpaved Old Mine roads open. STILL CLOSED PA: Mt. Minsi spur trails closed due to falcon nesting; Hornbecks & Adams Trails closed; McDade Trail closed trail miles 24.5 to 27.5 More »
Fishing Licenses, Tackle & Bait
A license from either Pennsylvania or New Jersey is required to fish on the Delaware River or from its banks. To fish in the tributaries of the river (for example, the Bushkill PA or the Flat Brook NJ) you will need to have the license for the state in which you are fishing.
Licenses On Line
Licenses from issuing agents near the park
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Tackle and Bait
Many agents for fishing licenses are also outlets for tackle and other outdoor sporting goods. Local shops with web sites listed in the Yellow Pages are:
In New Jersey there are bait and tackle shops along Route 206 near Culver Lake in Branchville NJ and Newton NJ (middle of the park), along Route 94 in Blairstown NJ (middle of the park), and along Route 46 in Columbia NJ and Belvidere NJ (south of the park).
In Pennsylvania there are bait and tackle shops on Route 402 near Peck's Pond PA (north of the park), along Route 209 in and north of Marshalls Creek PA (midddle of the park), and on North Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg PA near Broadhead Creek (south of the park).
Often, General Stores also carry bait.
Did You Know?
... that a century before this recreation area was formed, the Delaware Water Gap was touted as a Wonder of the World, and drew vacationers via rail lines from Philadelphia and New York City. There were trails to stroll, verandas for viewing the gap, and a steamboat for moonlight cruises. More...