• Aqueduct and towpath, Delaware Canal (Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor)photo credit

    Lower Delaware

    National Wild and Scenic River PA,NJ

Nature & Science

Wildlife diversity is inextricably linked to habitat diversity in the lower Delaware River corridor. Dependent on river corridor habitats and fisheries are mammals, reptiles and amphibian--some of which are listed as threatened or endangered.

The many land and vegetation communities of the lower Delaware River corridor not only provide for diverse landscapes, but also provide diverse habitats for fish and wildlife.

The lower Delaware River corridor is filled with dramatic geological contrasts. High, rocky gorges, steep bluffs and dry ridgelines contrast in sharp relief with dense forests, wetlands, and river islands, producing diverse and unique landscapes within a relatively small geographic region.

Did You Know?

A young boy walking behind two harnessed white mules

... experienced mules did not need to be driven by someone on the towpath; they would slack off and speed up on signal from the boatman. A new mule or "greenie," though, might turn out to be a "sitdowner" -- a reaction understandable to those hiking all of the Lower Delaware River's 60-mile towpath. More...