River Safety Advisory
Contact: Carla Beasley, (570) 426-2413
Due to heavy rainfallon Thursday and Friday, the Delaware River level as measured at Montague, New Jersey is currently 6.82 feet. It is predicted to rise to 12.5 feet by 2 am on Saturday, June 29, which is several vertical feet higher than normal for this time of the year.
Superintendent John J. Donahue requires all individuals 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. 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.
Did You Know?
... that the Appalachian Trail (AT) runs more than 25 miles through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The AT crosses the Delaware River and the Water Gap on a walkway on the Interstate-80 bridge. With bus service to New York and Philadelphia nearby, a hike on the AT is only a ride and a backpack away! More...