• 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.

Safety on the Water: Canoe, Kayak, Raft & Tube

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A lifejacket can't save you if you don't wear it.

  • Children aged 12 and under MUST wear Coast Guard-approved lifejackets at all times when on the river.
  • Jackets must fit appropriately, and be fully fastened to be effective. Wearing a life jacket is not just common sense, it is THE LAW.
  • Lifejackets aren't just for kids. Any person paddling or boating MUST have their own US Coast Guard approved lifejacket or PFD onboard and readily accessible in case of emergency.
  • All boaters must wear lifejackets on boats less than 16 feet in length and on canoes and on kayaks, from November 1 through April 30, to protect boaters from cold water shock if they fall into the water.
  • Always wear your lifejacket on and in the water..
 
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If your canoe, kayak, or raft should break or capsize, remain calm!:

  • Hold on. Even a capsized canoe or kayak will float,.
  • Move to the upstream end of your vessel, if possible, to avoid being pinned between it and any debris downstream.
  • Lay on your back with your legs and feet pointed downstream.
  • Never attempt to stand in rapids or fast-moving water.
  • When you feel you have regained some control, attempt to slant toward shore.
  • Save people first. Boats and gear can be recovered later.
 
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Padlling is hot work! If you jump (or fall) in:

  • Always wear a lifejacket in the water .
  • Never drink then swim.
  • Never try to swim across the river.

River hazards include strong currents, boat traffic, and strainers (obstacles that allow water to pass through them, but trap boats and people). Watch where you and your vessel are going.

Did You Know?

A ranger testing water quality in a stream.

... that the Middle Delaware River exceeds ordinary federal standards for clean water. Because of this, special higher standards have been set for the river, so it does not "deteriorate" to being just "clean enough." The river in this park is, and will remain, truly "cleaner than clean." More...