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.
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?
... that hemlock groves in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are threatened by a non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Hemlocks provide shade for spectacular rhodondenron, for trout streams, and for native wildflowers. As hemlocks weaken and die, they are cut down for your safety. More...