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 »
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 Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area includes lands which once belonged to 5 New Jersey boy scout camps. Private and religious camps also flourished along the riverbanks that are now part of the park at sites such as Turn Farm PA, Coppermine Inn NJ, and Coppermine Hiking Area NJ. More...