LIFEGUARD SERVICE HAS ENDED FOR THE 2013 SEASON.
There are three seasonally-lifeguarded beaches in the park where visitors can safely enjoy a swim in the Delaware River.
The beaches also have picnic tables and restroom facilities. If you plan to grill, you must bring your own grill. Beaches are open from dawn until dusk.
Visitors to the park's beaches must pay an entrance fee (in season). This fee must be paid, even when park visitor use assistants are not on duty, using the fee envelopes and our fee boxes. Cost per vehicle is $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends and holidays; the cost to pedestrians and bicyclists is $1 per person.
The recreation area staffs Milford Beach PA and Smithfield Beach PA with lifeguards in summer. Swimming elsewhere is not recommended, as strong currents, sharp drop-offs, and constantly changing river conditions make many areas unsafe for swimming.
The park strongly recommends the use of PFD's (life vests) when swimming in the river or in lakes and ponds. NEVER SWIM ALONE.
NEVER try to swim across the river! Currents are deceiving -- many people have drowned attempting to swim from one side of the river to the other.
Swimming is NOT allowed at Dingmans Falls PA, George W. Childs Recreation Site PA, or Van Campens Glen NJ. Swimming is NOT allowed within 50 feet of a boat launch, a canoe launch, or the top of any waterfall.
Alcoholic beverages are permitted only in some areas of the park. Please review the park's alcohol policy.
Did You Know?
... that in the 1750s, the northwest border of New Jersey (now Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area) was a frontier of the English colonies. In the French & Indian (Seven Years) War, a string of forts protected these settlements. The sites of seven of these outposts are in the park. More...