In 1968, Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The act "declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation, which with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations."
Each designated river in the national system is to be managed in a way that protects and enhances the values that prompted its designation. In 1978, Congress used the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate the Upper Delaware River as a unit of national park system and a component of the national wild and scenic river system. Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is a partnership of individuals; private landowners; and local, state, and federal governments working to protect the river, its environment, and the communities in the valley.
The Final River Management Plan
Project Review Workbook
Wild & Scenic Rivers Brochure
Wild & Scenic Rivers Landowner Guide
State of the Park Reports
2011 State of the Park Report
2010 State of the Park Report
2009 State of the Park Report
2008 State of the Park Report
2007 State of the Park Report
2006 State of the Park Report
Did You Know?
The American Shad are a saltwater fish that migrate from the Atlantic Ocean up the Delaware River to spawn in the spring. Fish reach the upper portions of the river by early to mid May. After spawning many of the weakened adult Shad die, usually in late June and into July.