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As a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River stretches 73.4 miles (118.3 km) along the New York-Pennsylvania border. The longest free-flowing river in the Northeast, it includes riffles and Class I and II rapids between placid pools and eddies. Public fishing and boating accesses are provided, although most land along the river is privately owned. Wintering bald eagles are among the wildlife that may be seen here. This unit of the National Park Service is also home to John Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct and the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, PA.

Almost all land along the Upper Delaware River is privately owned, so visitors must respect private property. Of the total acreage authorized by Congress, only 30.37 acres are federally owned; the remainder of the river corridor is nonfederal, with most land under private ownership.

   

CONTACTS

Email - UPDE_interpretation@nps.gov

Fax- 570-729-7918

Write to
RR 2 Box 2428
Beach Lake, PA 18405-9737

Phone
Headquarters - 570-729-7134
Visitor Information - 570-685-4871
Recorded Message - 845-252-7100

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
River use is permitted 24 hours a day, year-round, unless closed due to flooding, ice floes or other hazardous conditions. Public river accesses are closed 10 PM to 5 AM. Most private liveries and campgrounds open mid-April through October. Visitor Services are usually provided between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, and on weekends through the fall foliage season in October.

Getting There
PLANE - Stewart International Airport, Newburgh, NY: 845-564-2100

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Avoca, PA: 570-457-3445

CAR - Many routes will bring you into the river corridor. Port Jervis, NY and Hancock, NY are gateway communities.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Limited.

Weather & Climate
Summer air temperatures average 75 - 85 degrees F (occasional 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.

Spring and fall climate is variable. Temperature can drop rapidly after sunset on occasional warm days. Wet suits may be required for river use.

Winter air temperatures (December to March) are normally below freezing, with frequent snow and ice storms in some years. 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.

Accessibility
Physical accessibility is currently limited. Exhibit areas at the Zane Grey Museum, Roebling Bridge Tollhouse, and Narrowsburg Information Center are accessible with assistance only. An accessible entrance is planned for the Zane Grey Museum. The towpaths across Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct have recently been reconstructed and are wheelchair accessible.

Some of the Zane Grey novels available for sale are provided in large-print versions.

A state-wide Telecommunications Relay Service is available for people with auditory or speech impairments.

New York: Voice 1-800-421-1220 TT/TDD 1-800-662-1220 Pennsylvania: Voice 1-800-654-5988 TT/TDD 1-800-654-5984

If you have particular needs, or specific questions about facilities, please contact the park in advance of your visit.

Getting Around
Plan ahead to make the most of your visit!

Permits
NEW YORK OR PENNSYLVANIA FISHING LICENSE

A New York or Pennsylvania fishing license is required for all anglers, age 16 or older, on the Upper Delaware River.

CAMPING

Multiple Privately-Owned Campgrounds
Numerous privately-owned campgrounds are along or near the river; make reservations in advance. A Pennsylvania State Forest primitive camping area for river users only is within the Buckhorn Natural Area of Delaware State Forest, near Stairstep Rapids, Pond Eddy, NY. Required permits are available from the National Park Service Barryville Office on NY Route 97 (Phone: 845-557-0222).

FACILITIES

Museums
ZANE GREY MUSEUM
Phone - 570-685-4871
Location - The Zane Grey Museum is located on Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen, PA.
Closures - Closed during the winter except for a special weekend open house and special event on the last weekend in January, in honor of Zane Grey's birthday.
Special Programs - The Zane Grey Museum is locate in the building which was home for the prolific western author between 1914 and 1918. NPS rangers and volunteers provide 20-minute guided tours through the museum with its collection of memorabilia, photographs and books, and provide for sale a variety of Zane Grey books currently in print.
Exhibits - View the museum's collection of memorabilia, photographs and books. The book store provides, for sale, a variety of Zane Grey books currently in print.

Visitor Centers
NPS INFORMATION CENTER IN NARROWSBURG, NY
Phone - 570-685-4871
Location - Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY
Closures - Closed during the winter.
Exhibits - Enjoy a few hands-on activities for young children.
Available Facilities - Good selection of books for sale on local cultural and natural history and recreation. USGS topo maps for quadrants bordering the Upper Delaware River.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River.
 Campgrounds Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River:
Trail's End Camp, Beach Lake, 1 miles away
Skinner Falls Tenting, Narrowsburg, 4 miles away
Lander's River Trips, Narrowsburg, 6 miles away
Hideaway Lakes Camping, Honesdale, 9 miles away
Camp Watonka, Hawley, 9 miles away
Wilsonville Recreation Area, Lakeville, 9 miles away
Wilsonville Recreation Area, Hawley, 9 miles away
 Marinas Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River:
Seeley's Landing, Hawley , 8 miles away
Walt's Landing, Hawley , 9 miles away
Captain's Cove Marina, Hawley , 9 miles away
Pine Crest Marina, Lakeville , 9 miles away
First KLAS Marina, Tafton , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River:
Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley , 4 miles away
The Lodge At Woodloch, Hawley , 5 miles away
Ledges Hotel, Hawley , 7 miles away
The Settlers Inn, Hawley , 8 miles away
Silver Birches, Hawley , 10 miles away
Villa Roma Resort And Conference Center, Callicoon , 10 miles away
Great Wolf Lodge Poconos, Scotrun , 16 miles away
 Trails Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River:
Steam Mill Trail, Pike County , 9 miles away
Crawford Trail, Pike County , 9 miles away
White Deer Trail, Pike County , 10 miles away
Blooming Grove Trail, Pike County , 10 miles away
Schiff Trail, Sullivan County , 11 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River:
Ski Big Bear, Pennsylvania , 9 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 18 runs
Tanglwood, Pennsylvania , 10 miles away, 415 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 26 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Shawnee Mountain, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 34 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Montage Mountain, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 44 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
 Whitewater Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Landers River Trips, Sullivan County , 6 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Lackawaxen River, Pike County , 6 miles away, Class II-III - 5 miles long (Above Delaware confluence)
Callicoon Creek - East Branch, Sullivan County , 11 miles away, Class I-III - 10 miles long (Route 52 bridge to confluence with North Br. Callicoon)
Shohola Creek, Pike County , 12 miles away, Class I-IV - 9.5 miles long (Shohola Falls Park to Mouth)
Callicoon Creek - North Branch, Sullivan County , 15 miles away, Class II-III - 6 miles long (Gossweyler Pond and Dam to East Branc)
 Public Lands Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River:
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 24 miles away
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Bushkill - PA , 24 miles away
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 54 miles away
Lake Superior State Park, New York , 17 miles away
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania , 24 miles away
Tobyhanna State Park, Pennsylvania , 28 miles away
Gouldsboro State Park, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River:
Woodloch Springs, Hawley , 5 miles away
Country Club Of Woodlock Sprng, Hawley , 5 miles away
French Woods Golf & Country Club, Callicoon , 8 miles away
Cricket Hill Golf Club, Hawley , 9 miles away
Honesdale Golf Club, Honesdale , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
Tinkwig Lake, Pike County , 5 miles away
Westcolang Pond, Pike County , 7 miles away
Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike County , 9 miles away
Lake Nianque, Sullivan County , 12 miles away
Paupackan Lake, Wayne County , 14 miles away

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