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The Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River

Designated: November 1, 2000

Location: 67 miles of the Lower Delaware River along the border of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jerssey, and three Pennsylvania tributaries.

Outstanding Resources: Rich in colonial and revolutionary American history and natural and recreational resources.

Management Approach: A cooperative effort between the National Park Serivce and the Delaware River Greenway Partnership.

Overview: The lower Delaware River region contains immense resource diversity, combining an area of high population density with a wealth of natural, cultural, and historical resources and recreational opportunities. The river valley houses cliffs rising 400 feet above the rivers that provide for magnificent scenery and habitat unique to the region. The south-facing, desert-like slopes are home to the prickly pear cactus, while the north-facing slopes display flora and fauna usually only found in arctic-apline climates.

The river itself provides habitat for American shad, striped bass, and river herring and is an important component of the Atlantic Flyway, one of four major waterfowl routes in North America. From a historic veiwpoint, the river is one of the most significant corridors in the nation, containing buildings used during Washington's famous crossing, historic navigation channels, Native American and colonial archeological sites, and 19th century mills.

Contact Information:

Julie Bell
National Park Service
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
tel. 215-597-6473
fax. 215-597-5747
Julie_Bell@nps.gov

 

Related Links:

The Delaware River Basin Commission

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