Northeast Region Program
Legislation to designate
67 miles of the lower Delaware River and three tributaries was signed by the President
on November 1, 2000.
of Colonial America, the American Revolution, and our canal heritage (Delaware
Canal and Delaware and Raritan Canal National Historic Landmarks).
Natural -fisheries (Shad, Sturgeon, Striped Bass),
wildlife, habitat, Atlantic Flyway
Recreational -two national recreation trails,
seven state parks
Scenic -two state scenic highways
Overview: The lower Delaware River possesses a great diversity
of significant resources. A high density of population and recreational opportunities
combine with a wealth of natural, cultural, and historic features of national
significance. The river valley contains habitats that do not occur elsewhere in
the region. For example, there are sheer cliffs that rise 400 feet above the river.
Southern facing cliffs are desert-like and home to prickly pear cactus. North-facing
cliffs exhibit flora and fauna usually found only in arctic-alpine climates. The
river itself provides habitat for American shad, striped bass, and river herring.
The river is an important component of the Atlantic Flyway, one of four major
waterfowl routes in North America. From an historic viewpoint, the river is one
of the most significant corridors in the nation. The corridor contains buildings
used during Washington's famous crossing, historic navigation canals, Native American
and colonial era archaeological sites and mills. Just as important is the magnificent
scenery in the river corridor.
Designation Inspires Locals: A Partnership Success Story
Delaware River Management Plan
Delaware National Wild and Scenic River Study Report
Delaware River Management Plan - Executive Summary