Fees & Passes

Happy kayakers enjoying the Delaware River on a summer day. NPS Photo Courtesy of Kent Sweigert
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NPS Photo Courtesy of Kent Sweigert

Fees and Passes

Entrance Fees for the Park


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 fee is charged for those who are dropping off or picking up people from the 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. However, 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 the Expanded Amenity Fees.

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 2021 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 2021.

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

Commercial Vehicle Program



All commercial vehicles may travel on U.S. Route 209 between the following points without a permit:

  • Milford to the Delaware River Bridge leading to U.S. Route 206 in New Jersey

  • Mile 0 of U.S. Route 209 in Bushkill to Bushkill Falls Road

Background:


In January 2018, Congress passed Public Law 109-156, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act. Until September 30, 2021, the Act allows the utilization of US 209 between US 206 in Milford and Bushkill Falls Road in Bushkill for permitted commercial vehicles with four or fewer axles.

Commercial vehicles that are eligible for a permit must be:

  1. owned and operated by a business located in the recreation area or one or more of the adjacent municipalities, or

  2. necessary to provide services to businesses or persons located in the recreation area or one or more of the adjacent municipalities.

The adjacent municipalities are defined by law as: Delaware Township, Dingman Township, Lehman Township, Matamoras Borough, Middle Smithfield Township, Milford Borough, Milford Township, Smithfield Township, and Westfall Township in Pennsylvania.

Annual permits cost $200.00 per vehicle. Permits are valid for a calendar year and expire December 31. All revenue received from permits is used for the administration and enforcement of the program.

The following vehicles may use Highway 209 without a fee or permit requirement:

  • Local school buses

  • Fire, ambulance, and other safety and emergency vehicles

Click here to download the 2021 application for a commercial vehicle permit.



Note: Commercial vehicle permit applications can be mailed along with proof of insurance and a check or money order of $200 (per vehicle) to:

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Attn: Commercial Vehicle Permit
P.O. Box # 2
Bushkill, PA 18324

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!

Last updated: June 9, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1978 River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324

Phone:

(570) 426-2452

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