River Conditions & Recommendations
Call the Upper Delaware River Hotline at (845) 252-7100. This recorded message is available 24 hours a day and is updated daily during the boating season. It provides the river height, air and water temperatures, boating conditions and general river safety information.
The U.S. Geological Survey National Streamflow Information Program provides detailed information on Upper Delaware River water temperature, discharge, and height at the Barryville and Callicoon gages and on the Lackawaxen River at Rowland.
For the most up do date information on the projected water level for the Upper Delaware River visit the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. This page will provide a map of the river gages in the Binghamton, NY area. To see a graph of the current and predicted water levels for the Upper Delaware River you will need to click the Barryville or Callicoon buttons near the lower right hand corner of the map.
The Delaware River Basin Commission's flood information page provides links to additional National Weather Service sites, past flood events on the Delaware River, federal flood links, and kid-friendly flood links.
If the River Height is above 6 feet - Due to high water levels, the law requires a wearable life jacket to be worn by all persons in or on the river including: boaters, swimmers, and wading fishermen.
If the River Height is under 6 feet - The law requires that a wearable life jacket be readily accessible while boating and the National Park Service suggests wearing it when boating, fishing, swimming or floating. Children 12 years of age and younger are required by law to wear a properly fitted life jacket at all times.
Life jackets are required to be worn by all boaters from November 1st through April 1st regardless of the water level.
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.