Delaware River Safety Advisory
Contact: Kathleen Sandt, 570-426-2429
Due to heavy rainfall over the last week, the Delaware River level as measured at Montague, New Jersey, is currently 9.61 feet. It is predicted to rise to over 10.6 feet by8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14, which is about four to five vertical feet higher than normal for this time of the year.
By order of Superintendent John J. Donahue, all individuals are required to wear a proper fitting, United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) in good and serviceable condition while on board any vessel on the waters of the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until the river level recedes below 8 feet.
At higher levels, river conditions include large quantities of floating debris, very swift currents, decreased water temperature and increased hydraulic hazards in rapids and near bridge pilings, as well as increased hazards associated with downed trees and submerged obstacles near the shoreline.
It is highly recommended that only very experienced boaters using proper equipment consider a river trip during this period of high water.
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