Fees, Passes, and Permits

An Iron Ranger fee box sits on the left while off to the right is the Delaware river

NPS Fee Program

Information on fees, pass sales, permits, and registration for special use areas within the park

Happy kayakers enjoying the Delaware River on a summer day. NPS Photo Courtesy of Kent Sweigert
Kayakers enjoy the Delaware river. Most boat launches within the park are expanded amenity areas that charge a small fee to park for the day. That fee helps to pay for things like lifeguards at swim beaches, river safety equipment for law enforcement officers, and more maintenance staff.

NPS Photo Courtesy of Kent Sweigert

Fees and Passes

Amenity fees will be charged from April 15th, 2023 to October 9th, 2023.

Park Entrance Fees

The great thing is that there are no entrance fees for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, but we do have special areas within the park for picnicing and swimming that are considered Expanded Amenity Areas because of the additional services offered in these locations, such as Lifeguards at the swim areas, and special areas to grill.

Expanded Amenity Fees are charged April through October at the following developed areas in the park.

  • Turtle Beach (NJ)
  • Milford Beach (PA)
  • Dingmans Access (PA)
  • Bushkill Access (PA)
  • Smithfield Beach (PA)

Expanded Amenity Fee Schedule

No fees are charged to people who are dropping off or picking up someone from any river access ramps and those walking through Smithfield Beach on McDade Recreational Trail.

Expanded Amenity Fees are not covered by America the Beautiful Annual Pass, but
holders of the following passes are eligible for a 50% discount on the Expanded Amenity Fees:

  • America the Beautiful Access Pass
  • America the Beautiful Senior Pass
  • National Park Service Golden Access Pass
  • National Park Service Golden Age Pass

Some Important Pass Information:

  • Private vehicle (up to 7 persons): $10.00 per vehicle

  • Vehicles with 8 or more adults (age 16 or older): $2.00 per person

  • Pedestrian (age 16 or older): $2.00 per person

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Season Passes

Season passes for Delaware Water Gap NRA can only be purchased by mail at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions. Holders of the America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes and National Park Service Golden Age and Golden Access Passes are eligible for a 50% discount on season passes.

Completed pass application forms can be mailed to the following address:

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Attn: Fee Operations
P.O. Box 2
Bushkill, PA 18324

Below is a list of the prices for the 2022 season:

  • Season Pass: $45

  • Second Season Pass registered to the same name and address: $25

  • Third Season Pass registered to the same name and address: $12.50

Download the Annual Park Pass Application Form Here

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

If you plan to visit other parks with an entrance fee, check out the America the Beautiful Pass Program

Did you know there are days during the year where parks waive entrance fees? Here is a list of Free Entrance Days in the national parks for 2022. This does not allow for free entry into Expanded Amenity Areas. For more information on fees at NPS sites, use this link.

For more information America the Beautiful Passes and how to get one please visit the U.S.G.S website at:

USGS Store. Your one stop shop for the America the Beautiful Pass, Access Pass, Gold Star Families, and Veteran Pass Information

For More Information

Please call (570) 426-2434 if you need additional information about fees and passes.

If we are unable to take your call, please leave us a message with your contact information, and we will return your call as soon as we are available to do so.

We appreciate your interest in your park. Have a fun and safe visit!


Every Kid Outdoors Passes for 4th Grade Students

Would you like to visit a national park for free?

Wonder what it would be like to bring the family to a national park for free? While our park doesn't charge an entry fee, there are many National Park Service or Department of Interior sites both locally, and nationally that do. If you are in the fourth grade, then we have something special for you. The Every Kid Outdoors Pass.


How It Works

Beginning on September 1st every year, Fourth grade students can use this link to get their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the school year. 

With this voucher, 4th graders and their families will have free access to national parks and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior from September through August 31 every school year.

This program allows fourth graders to bring their immediate families to any national park across the country for free thru August. Check back for program updates. Have fun exploring your parks!


Get Your Voucher

  1. Click on the Every Kid Outdoors link

  2. Select Get You Pass and keep it in a safe place until you are ready to use it.

  3. Plan your visit to a national park, wildlife refuge, or other federal land (see more below).

  4. Show your voucher to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.


Plan Your Visit

Currently, the 4th Grade Pass is valid on Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lands, which include:



For Parents


See our rules and instructions before you visit.




Email us with questions about the 4th grade pass.


Permit Information

Do You Need a Permit? 

If you were looking for information on permitted activities in the park, then you are in the right place. Below you will find information on our commercial vehicle permit requirements with links to download the application form.

To your right are links to information on other permitted activities allowed within the recreation area. There, you will find information on getting a permit for the following activities:

  • Agriculture Permits
  • Baptisms
  • Commercial Filming and Photography (Examples where permits are required)
  • Competitive Events
  • First Ammendment Activities
  • Funeral Ash Spreading
  • Weddings



Need Specialized Permit Information?

Want to know more about permits in the park? 

If you would like to know more information about permits at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the National Park Service in general, then click the links to your right.

Last updated: January 24, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
P.O. Box 2

Bushkill , PA 18324


570 426-2452

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