• Fulmer Falls at George W. Childs Park

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

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  • 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.

Paddle

Teenager in a yellow kayaK
Kayaks offer teens a chance to travel along while still paddling along with thte family.
NPS Photo
 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area includes nearly 40 miles of the free-flowing Middle Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. One of the most popular activities enjoyed by visitors each year is paddling -- in a canoe, a kayak, a raft or a tube.

Have your own kayak or canoe? Free shuttle service for you and your boat is provided on summer weekends.

Please note, pets and alcohol are not permitted at Milford Beach or Smithfield Beach.

More Information
Liveries (with web links) | River Access (Boat & Canoe)
Bulletin listing liveries for canoe/kayak/rarft /tube rental, safety & river mileage
Bulletin on river campsites for overnight paddling trips
Lifejackets (PFDs), and swimming and paddling safety
Current river conditions

 

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.

Did You Know?

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... 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...