• The Upper Delaware's mild rapids and quiet pools are ideal for canoeing, kayaking, or rafting.

    Upper Delaware

    Scenic & Recreational River NY,PA

Weather

Visitors to the Delaware River at Skinners Falls.

Visitors to the Delaware River at Skinners Falls.

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Summer

Air temperatures average 75 - 85 F (some days in the 90s) with lows to the 50s. Moderately high humidity. Occasional thunderstorms and dense fog. Water temperatures in summer (May to September) rise from the low 60s to highs in the mid-70s in July.

 
View of the Delaware River from the Hawks Nest.

A view of the Delaware River from the Hawks Nest.

Spring and fall

Climate is variable. Temperature can drop rapidly after sunset on warm days. Wet suits may be required for river use.

 
View of the Delaware River from the Lackawaxen Access.

View of the Delaware River from the Lackawaxen Access.

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Winter

Air temperatures (December to March) are normally below freezing, with frequent snow and ice storms. Water Temperatures drop from the 50s to the 30s by December, with most of the river usually freezing over each winter.

 

Recommended Clothing

Always dress in layers in any season. Be prepared for rain and cold weather at any time. Hypothermia is possible, especially on the river, even during the summer. Boaters and anglers should be prepared for cold water and always wear a properly fitted life jacket.

 
 
 

Did You Know?

American Shad

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.