Boating Restrictions



Alcoholic beverages are permitted only on some stretches of the river. Review the park's alcohol policy.


Speed Limits from April 1 to September 30 each year
A no-wake zone is enforced from 500 upstream of the designated swimming area at Turtle Beach to 500 feet downstream of the designated swimming area at Turtle Beach.
A no-wake zone is enforced from Smithfield Boat Access to 500 feet south of the designated swimming area at Smithfield Beach.
A 10 m.p.h. speed limit is enforced on the rest of the length of the river within the park.

There is no longer a designated zone of 35 m.p.h. for waterskiing. Waterskiing and jetskiing are prohibited.


Lifejackets / Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's)

Each occupant on a boat must have a lifejacket (pfd) which fits, is in good shape, and is accessible in an emergency. Children who are 12 years of age and under MUST WEAR A LIFEJACKET on board a vessel.

Lifejackets / Cold Water Safety

In Pennsylvania waters (including the Delaware River) boaters must wear lifejackets on boats less than 16 ft. in length and on canoes and on kayaks, from November 1 through April 30. This regulation is intended to protect boaters from the dangers of cold water shock if they fall into the water.


Canoe Campsites

River & Canoe Campsite Map (pdf file)
Page 1: River Safety; Distances; Camping Regulations
Page 2: River map showing location of campsites
(The full size of this file is legal size 8.5 x 14". Adjust print settings to print on 8.5 x 11" letter-size paper.)


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