River Baptisms in the Park
For assistance with baptism permits call (570) 426-2440.
There is a designated site at Smithfield Beach for river baptisms. The site is a short dirt drive leading to the river from a grassy field at the south of the Smithfield site; the drive is no longer used as a boat ramp. The beach area at Smithfield is about 150 yards to the north, and the drive is separated from the beach by a stand of trees.
Those attending a river baptism will be admitted to Smithfield Beach without having to pay the expanded amenity fee, so long as they only stay for the baptism. If those attending the baptism choose to remain at Smithfield Beach to recreate, picnic, or swim, they must pay the expanded amenity fee. There is no fee to apply to use the baptism site, and no fee to use the site if your application is accepted; nevertheless, a permit is required to use the site for this purpose.
To begin arrangements for a baptism in the park, download and complete this application.
Did You Know?
... chief causes of water fatalities on the Delaware River are: (1) swimming without a lifejacket (PFD); (2) trying to swim across the river; and (3) swimming after drinking alcohol. Wear a pfd on and in the river. Swim at lifeguarded beaches. NEVER TRY TO SWIM ACROSS THE RIVER! More...