Every National Park Service (NPS) site has rules and regulations that govern its recreational use. These rules and regulations also typically correspond with the laws of the state(s) the park's land is in.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area surrounds the Delaware River, with land in both New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Since the park is in two states, the land is governed by both federal and state laws. Our site, as with most NPS sites, follows state law unless it conflicts with federal law, in which case federal law normally applies.
The Superintendent's Compendium is the foundation document that explains the unique rules and regulations of any national park site. Each park's superintendent, as the authorized representative for the federal government, designates critical regulations for the site to ensure the preservation of natural and cultural resources and promote visitor safety.