Hornbecks Creek Trail Partial Closure
The trail is closed between the first and second waterfall; a portion of the trail has sloughed off, causing a hazardous condition. The first waterfall is accessible from the 209 trailhead and the second waterfall is accessible from Emory Road.
River Road Closure
Starting on Monday, September 8, River Road will be closed from Park Headquarters to Smithfield Beach while contractors complete pavement repairs. Access to Smithfield Beach will still be possible. More »
Dingmans Falls Area and Road Closed
Dingmans Falls Visitor Center, the boardwalk trail to the falls, and the access road will be closed through September as repairs to the road are made. We anticipate the area reopening in October.
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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Did You Know?
... that the Middle Delaware River exceeds ordinary federal standards for clean water. Because of this, special higher standards have been set for the river, so it does not "deteriorate" to being just "clean enough." The river in this park is, and will remain, truly "cleaner than clean." More...