Camping along the DelawareThe Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River Primitive Campsites offer 62 campsites located along the Delaware River running through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This part of the Delaware River is relatively unspoiled as it travels through the rural landscape. A stay at one of these campsites will give you your fill of nature; you will be able to sleep under the stars, hear the birds chirping, listen to tree frogs, hear the river flowing by, and hopefully see some wildlife along the way.
River Campsite ZonesDelaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is instituting a zonal reservation system for primitive river campsites within the park. The zone reservation system will allow visitors to purchase a permit within a designated zone and then select a campsite within that zone upon arrival. This maintains the freedom and spontaneity of choosing a site while on the river that some visitors enjoy, while also offering the predictability that others are seeking. More information, along with reservations can be found here at recreation.gov.
We recommend finding the campsite of your choice within your designated zone sooner rather than later. Although we will only sell permits according to the number of sites in a specific zone, there is no guarantee the site you want will be available when you boat there. Make sure to plan alternatives if you pass open campsites and choose to keep going.
Zones are segmented into the following areas:
Zone 1The Northern Park Boundary to Milford Breach
Zone 2Milford Beach to Dingmans Boat Launch
Dingmans Boat Launch to Bushkill Boat Launch
Zone 4Bushkill Boat Launch to Smithfield Beach
Zone 5Smithfield Beach to Kittatinny Point
Specific maps for each zone including campsite numbers can be found here under "Additional Information".
Below are some important things to know about camping at river campsites within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
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Current River Conditions in the ParkWant to know more about the current river conditions in the park? Click the River Information link to the right for details.
Last updated: May 25, 2022