Canoe trips on the Delaware River

Floating the Delaware

The main stem of the Delaware, 331 miles from Hancock, NY, to its mouth at Cape May Point, NJ, is the longest free-flowing river in Eastern United States. Although it drains only 1% of the nation's land mass (13,000 sq. miles), the river supplies water to 10% of the American population: 700 million gallons of water every day for over 20 million people. While the human population in the river basin is larger than that of 40 states, the Delaware supports an astounding array of wildlife and supports the largest winter populations of bald and golden eagles in the East. Floating on this river is lots of fun.

Upper Delaware

From the junction of the East and West Branches in the New York Appalachian Plateau, 21 miles south, the pristine river flats host an abundance of wild life, and eagles are not an uncommon sight. From Hankins, the Delaware begins to drop rapidly through riffles and rapids separated by short pools.

At Narrowsburg the river reaches its deepest point (113 feet), and, edged with high cliffs, begins its most remote segment to Barryville. The next 17 miles to Matamoros are a roller coaster of rapids, which in spring can take less than five hours to traverse in a raft. A little past midway on this stretch, the Mongaup River enters the Delaware, creating big, high standing waves before reaching the dramatic gorge known as Hawks Nest five miles north of Port Jervis. The spring high in the Upper Delaware is usually gone by June, but there's always plenty of water because the Delaware River Basin Commission mandates releases from five reservoirs to maintain a minimum flow of 1750 cubic feet at the Milford-Montague gauging station.

A busy stretch near Lackawacksen, PA.

Middle Delaware

At Minisink Island, the river's largest, between Milford and Dingmans Ferry there's no sign of civilization, no road sound. Water birds and eagles live along the narrow water, spiced with lots of little ripples. At the southern tip you can paddle up through the island where a stream flows when the water is high enough. The whole bank is covered with rhododendron. And when they're blooming its perfectly gorgeous. And then in August everything is wildflowers. Yellows and fuchsia and cardinal flowers!

Each section of ther river is different and has its own personality. But if you want easy, wide water with lots of wildlife, the stretch that flows through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from Milford to the Water Gap offers a bounty of day and overnight trips. Minisink, then Namanock, are the first of many islands along this stretch of river, where the water begins to form pools. Below Dingmans lies Shapnack, really a peninsula that gets cut off from the Pennsylvania side when the water gets high. Next is Bucks Bar. The Park Service calls it a bar but its really an island.

Islands become markers for river sojourners through the National Recreation Area, which had its origins from scuttled plans for a dam at the island called Tocks. The dam would have made the river above it a huge reservoir. However, Tocks remains, along with Poxono, Depew, Sambo, and the rest, as stops along a gentle, easy ride spiced with beaver, bear, wild turkey, egrets, heron, and eagles. River camping is allowed at designated National Park Service sites on many of the islands, limited to boaters traveling from one access to another, when the distance between those points is too great to be covered in one day. Campers can stay only one night at each area.

Poxono launch. Photo by Jacob F. Bryant

Walpack Bend

Walpack Bend is located just downriver from Bushkill, Pa., with Flatbrookville the nearest New Jersey town. The course of the river here is deflected by high, rocky ridges so that it completely reverses direction twice in the space of a mile or so. Nowhere else in its entire length does the Delaware make such a spectacular reversal.

The river here is squeezed by ridges and mountains on both sides, creating a faster water flow and some very respectacle rapids. As you push off, the river seems straight and wide but even from here, looking downstream, you can see a mountain apparently blocking the way. The left bank of the river is a ridge of rock. As you proceed, you're sure the river must disappear down a giant drain; it seems to go as straight as an arrow into the mountain in front.

Suddenly, the rock wall which was the left bank of the river, disappears and the river rushes through this breech, turning eastward and then northeastward, completely reversing directions. It is just at this breech that the Bushkill River enters on the right.

The rock ledge that was originally the left bank now appears on the right, only much higher. Near water level it is a shear wall but as it rises, it slopes slightly and is covered with hemlocks and a few hardwoods. The main channel of the river hugs the right bank in the shade of this imposing cliff wall and the water is deep and dark. Occasionally, huge sharp, angled boulders broken off ages ago from the cliffside, appear suddenly in the dark depths of the water, some reaching up within inches of the surface. Both eagles and red tail hawks are a common sight, soaring with mates above the river, calling to each other.

As you speed around Walpack Bend, the river widens somewhat and becomes less deep. The huge boulders are exposed all across the river creating rapids, the ominus roar of which gives fair warning. Again, the river is racing toward a drain, it would seem, for blocking its passage is the Kittatinny Range, highest in New Jersey. Again, at the last minute the river turns, this time to the south, seaward. At this bend another mountain stream enters, the Flat Brook, from the New Jersey side.

Now the river assumes its rightful direction, the high forested Kittatinny Mountains on the left bank. The Walpack Bend experience is almost complete but wait. Again, you're greeted with an angry growl, the roar that portends white water. Indeed, in the distance it can be seen-white, frothy water leaping up.

As you near the rapids, actually a series of three, you can see the "V" pointing downriver, indication of your route. The "V" pointing upriver indicates submerged boulders; there are many of these. The canoeist in the bow will earn his keep. Kneel in the canoe to give you more stability. If you haven't done so already, don your life jacket. And good luck. When you've passed through the third rapids you've completed the most exciting stretch of white water in the New Jersey section of the river north of Foul Rift at Belvidere. And more significantly, you've experienced a canoe trip of exhilerating beauty and solitude. You've passed through a true river wilderness--Walpack Bend.

South of the Gap

If you look at a map of Warren County south of the Delaware Water Gap, you might conclude that there is an easy trip from Belvidere to Phillipsburg. It certainly looks like a simple thing to do, except for the two four-letter words you can see on a map: Foul Rift. From Belvidere, just before the gigantic concrete cooling towers of the coal furnaces of the Metropolitan Edison power plant, you come to Foul Rift, perfectly named as one of the most severe rapids on the Delaware. Beginning canoeists should avoid this area all together. The river drops 22 feet in one-half mile. There is no developed portage around the rapids, and it is a task even during moderate river levels for canoeists to beach on the rocks on the New Jersey side, then carry their canoes along the sand bars and ledges to calmer water. The Recreation Map published by the Delaware River Basin Commission offers the following advice for canoeists: "Foul Rift deserves a special word of caution. None but the most experienced and best equipped boater should venture into this area. The only assurance of safe passage is to portage around the entire area or to lower the unmanned boat by line."

More tranquil canoeing can begin five miles south of the rapids near tranquil Martins Creek. The sights below Martins Creek makes one forget the cares of civilization, and there are places where the banks seem as they were when the Dutch explorers first viewed the Delaware three centuries ago. There are a few "Class 1" rapids in narrows around islands about two miles from the Martins Creek access ramp. A Class 1 rapid is the most gentle of all the six rapids classified: a few riffles and small waves, but no obstructions. Of course, as every canoeists knows, with every passing storm, a Class 1 may become a Class 2 or higher because a tree could have fallen in the water, or a few boulders shifted position. There are no rapids above Class 3 on the main stem of the Delaware.

An "eddy" in a river is a whirlpool of water usually caused by another stream flowing into the river. Sandt's Eddy is one such place. There is also an access area there operated by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. Years ago, when boatmen brought goods up the Delaware, boats were "overnighted" in the calmer waters of eddies -- Dingmans Eddy, Upper Black Eddy, as well as Sandts Eddy.

Further south is Hog Rift. The rift is so named because at one time a great number of hogs, fatally poisoned from eating rancid distillery slop, were thrown into the river nearby. Their bloated carcasses came to lodge along the riverbanks. It took more than a few high waters to wash away the remains, but the name stuck.

Near Easton, about ten miles from Martins Creek, is Getters Island, a slender upstream tip nearly touches the Pennsylvania riverbank. The island is named for Charles Getter who, in 1833, was publicly hanged on the island for the murder of his wife. In 1860, the steamboat Alfred Thomas exploded while beached at Getters Island, killing at least ten passengers.

Canoeing the Delaware can also begin at the confluence with the Lehigh in Phillipsburg

Canoeing the Delaware can also begin at Phillipsburg, and proceed south from there. Across the water you can see the confluence of the Lehigh River with the Delaware. The Lenape Indians of the area called the Lehigh River the "Lechauwiechink", and early settlers called it the "West Branch of the Delaware", the main stem of the river was the "East Branch", and the confluence was the "Forks of the Delaware". Years later, the Lehigh was recognized a river of its own and the given the name we use today.

The canoe or kayak trip south of Phillipsburg can be as rewarding as one which starts at Martins Creek. You pass Old Sow Island, and then the community of Raubsville, Pennsylvania. Years ago, before there were so many bridges across the Delaware, Raub's Ferry took passengers from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and back. Ferries could only operate where the river was consistently deep and calm enough to carry passengers safely.

Never more than on a hot summer's afternoon does this cool, clean serenity invite complete immersion as the water broadens, splitting Hunterdon and Bucks counties. Friends and family enjoy getting down this section by a never-ending variety of methods. Stand on the pedestrian bridge at Bull's Island State Park, nine miles south of Frenchtown, and you will watch canoes, sailboats, rafts, kayaks, jet-skis, and small motorboats map a tapestry of tracks in the water. Through the indiscriminate labyrinth of wakes float the coolest of customers; the tubists. Effortless and inexpensive, drifting at the river's leisurely flow of 1.5 mph in an inflated oversized innertube is the supreme expression of aquatic relaxation. However you choose to ride the river, you'll find the stretch of water that divides Hunterdon and Bucks Counties accommodating, hospitable and pristine.

Knowing the river- its beauty, history, and its hazards- can provide you and your family with many days of enjoyment this summer. If possible, plan your trip for a weekday, and you'll feel like your have the river all to yourself. Liveries run by seasoned professionals along both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania, banks, can assure you of a safe trip with consistently up-dated equipment, the convenience of shuttles from end to end, and words of advice that will make your trip the best it can be.

Summer, 2002

Things haven't changed that much in 120 years! Check this account.... "The author fraternally dedicates this reminiscence of a pleasant vacation trip to those canoemen, who, when the spirt moves them, laying aside the thoughts of business for the pleasure of grasping the double blade, gladly leave behind them brick walls and the dust of towns for the eye-resting wooded hills, the clean and wholesome waterway, and the health-giving tonic of woodland odors and cool mountain breezes." - Two Hundred Miles on the Delaware River, 1893.

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15 Aug 2017, 07:23
Does anyone know how long it would take to tube from Martins Creek to the Easton/P'Burg Free Bridge?
23 May 2014, 16:58
Is anyone familiar with the river between Yardley PA and heading up towards Bull Run Island? Any rocks dangerous areas that need avoiding on a boat or jet ski? Thanks.

... Paddle faster! I hear banjos!!!
12 Apr 2014, 03:54
Can we run a tandem kayak from byram to Trenton? Any wing dams or hazards we need to know about?
30 Jul 2013, 07:53
Hello! We are looking to tube this weekend with a group of 5 people and want to finish in Lambertville. We are trying to find a starting point that is approximately 2-3 hour trip. Trying not to start in Frenchtown - would like to be a bit closer to Lambertville. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
24 Jul 2013, 13:44
@ Kristy - that's crazy about being ticketed. When we went tubing there last year, I called the state police barracks the day before to specifically ask about overflow parking on the side of the road outside of Frenchtown. They confirmed it was ok to park on the side of the road as long as your car was not obstructing traffic. They also warned me to obey the speed limits because it was stricly enforced. Sounds like they have discovered a new money-making venture.
22 Jul 2013, 11:52
Just went tubing this weekend in the Frenchtown area, have done this before on our own, brought 2 cars, parked and floated...this year it's turned into a police zone. Troopers everywhere on the road, they've restricted parking, and when we parked at a different access point with DNR access sign(you know the brown signs) we emerged, with a 54 dollar ticket and a state trooper unwilling to answer any questions, simply barked at us from a loudspeaker stating it was private property...which is a bunch of BS if you ask me. If anyone has had a similar experience or some advice on how to beat their latest trick to keep us from enjoying the beautiful Natural resource of the Deleware river (FOR FREE) please let us know. We're also thinking of going to court over the ticket simply to find out what the heck is going on!
24 Oct 2012, 05:20
Just wanted to let people know that the instructions for tubing around the Lambertville area were perfect for us(although there is parking at the starting point available.)The key is to be well prepared with sunscreen, food and drinks, life jackets and to pack your garbage out. The exit point is on the left side of the river just before the stone pillars the locals called "the burned out bridge." You can't miss it. Our group had a blast and will do it again - there were a few really drunk people who were obnoxious on the river but karma got them - they emerged really sunburnt and miserable by the end of the trip.
01 Sep 2012, 16:31
We just did tubing on our own. We used 5 Aqua Leisure Recliner and 1 Solstice Cooler Raft from Amazon. Started at \r\nDelaware Valley High School, Westfall, PA at 11 and ended in MILFORD BEACH MILFORD, PA at 5pm with 2 short stops for food. It was probably a little over 5 river miles, so we probably did 1 mile per hour. It worked great with 2 cars. You should definitely try it on your own!
Stephen Wootton
18 Aug 2012, 11:46
Robert, try Worthington Forest State Park to Kittatinny Point if you want to stay in NJ.
18 Aug 2012, 11:28
Hey anyone know of any place where you can tube on the Delaware when you have your own tubes? Was wondering where you can park 2 cars(one at the place you end and one at the place you begin)and then go tubing in NJ. Any suggestions would be a big help. Thanks
Gary Letcher
03 Aug 2012, 08:22
Todd,\r\n\r\nVery different experiences above vs. below Matamoras / Port Jervis. Both make for great river trips.\r\n\r\nAbove: Lots of rapids, great whitewater. Much more traffic on the river (especially weekends). Commercial campsites, with amenities but also rowdies. Roads along the river, villages with services.\r\n\r\nBelow: Mostly flatwater, just a few easy rapids. Less river traffic. Many "primitive" NPS campsites, just a couple commercial campgrounds. A more "wilderness" experience, not much contact with roads/civilization. \r\n\r\nHave a great trip!\r\n\r\nVisit for info on river conditions, outfitters, etc. \r\n\r\n
23 Jul 2012, 12:11
Can anyone give advice on a Delaware trip for 5-days (4 night) , camping on the way, during early August? \r\n\r\nWhat areas are best now given current water levels ? \r\n\r\nIs Callicoon to Matamoros best , or is Matamoros to the Delaware Water gap best ? \r\n\r\nThanks
Steve Wootton
18 Jul 2012, 19:17
Hi JoAnne. Re your query about transportation give me a call on 610-716-5968 or email me at\r\n\r\nSteve.
16 Jul 2012, 15:46
Anyone know if there is transportation\r\nfor someone with a kayak?\r\nI would like to start at Shawnee and\r\ngo to Del Water Gap or Portland.\r\nAnywhere along this stretch....\r\nI can get to starting point, need a ride\r\nback...\r\n\r\nAny tips on ways to do this???\r\n\r\nThanks! \r\nJoAnne
15 Jul 2012, 10:14
I would like to do something adventures and would like to kayak the whole entire Delware River how long would it take me, is it possiable
29 Jun 2012, 13:23
For those of you wanting to go tubing on your own around Frenchtown and Lambertville, NJ area, I called around and was told to drive just past the Bulls Island park (in Stockton, NJ) on Rt 29. There is the Byram Boat launch and one mile after that is a small parking lot. Leave one car there and proceed to the starting point to the Frenchtown Roller Rink parking lot about 4 miles away on Rt 29. Park in the lot, walk across to the river and start tubing. I am going to check it out soon but if anyone does this, please let me know how correct these instructions are.
23 Apr 2012, 06:54
Great article and great comments. I was raised in Equinunk, PA., a small town about 10 miles downriver from Hancock, NY. I have canoed on the river many times in the areas between Milford and Foul Rift. Back in the 70s and 80s they used to have a raft race in June that covered that section and we would ride along with the rafts. (I don't want to split hairs but the power plant with the huge cooling towers below Foul Rift is a PPL power plant.The Met Ed plant (Now First Energy) is located upstream near Portland.) One other comment...if you are canoeing in the Upper Delaware, watch your step if you go in to shore, rattlesnakes are prevalent!
22 Feb 2012, 15:33
I am planning a trip with three buddies for the end of March or beginning of April...we would like to canoe through the Water Gap and down to Bull's Island...anyone have any suggestions on things to look out for/avoid? Anyone know the best places to camp during that trek? We are all experienced campers, pretty decent paddlers, all former lifeguards, and looking for a relaxing and interesting trip! Many thanks...MJ (
Gary Letcher
16 Feb 2012, 12:04
Thanks for the tip of the hat. I am pleased to announce publication of A Paddler's Guide to the Delaware River (Rutgers Univ. Press), a revision of Canoeing the Delaware River. See you all on the beautiful Delaware!\r\n\r\nMore information at:\r\n\r\
08 Feb 2012, 17:53
Hey, I am planning my honeymoon for this summer and we'd like to kayak. We were thinking about doing the Delaware river. I know it depends on rain fall and such, but on average, how long (in minutes/hours) would a trip be between Yardley and new hope? Thank you.
05 Feb 2012, 07:39
thank for the information
13 Oct 2011, 14:20
Hello! Thinking about kayaking the DE in the next week or so. How is the river from Milford to Bushkill Village? Any info will be helpful. I have already did a lot of research and I want to be sure. Unfortunately I will be doing this trip solo.
Alex Drinker
24 Aug 2011, 06:58
Hi All,\r\n\r\nI am looking to plan a canoe trip with 8 guys for late September or Early October. We have done the Susquehanna out of Marysville and also an overnight trip our of Dingman's Ferry. I am looking for a more challenging overnight trip with some good spots for riverside camping. Any suggestions would be appreciated?\r\n\r\nThanks,\r\n\r\nAlex
Tom D
21 Aug 2011, 21:30
Sorry thought email was displayed. Thanks\r\nHi all,\r\n\r\nI would like to go tubing next weekend. Need some help though. I don't want to use a company. Need to know a good place to launch/enter and exit river. Where should we park? We are coming from south jersey (cherry hill). Also is there somewhere I can rent tubes (approx how much) or should I buy them? Lastly I should be able to bring a cooler with some food and drink??\r\n\r\nThanks for any help you can give me. Going with 6 adults and 3 kids. Please email any suggestions or post\r\n\r\nThanks tom
Tom D
21 Aug 2011, 21:23
Hi all,\r\n\r\nI would like to go tubing next weekend. Need some help though. I don't want to use a company. Need to know a good place to launch/enter and exit river. Where should we park? We are coming from south jersey (cherry hill). Also is there somewhere I can rent tubes (approx how much) or should I buy them? Lastly I should be able to bring a cooler with some food and drink??\r\n\r\nThanks for any help you can give me. Going with 6 adults and 3 kids. Please email any suggestions or post\r\n\r\nThanks tom
17 Aug 2011, 16:11
Hi, There are no problems at all along this stretch of river and it is indeed beautiful. Just enought ripples to have fun with. However I don't think the Poccono Pony runs this route. You can find the route and schedule on line and maybe I'm wrong. If I am please post it so I can use it myself. Good Paddling
17 Aug 2011, 16:00
Looking to take the 'Pony Express' from Bushkill to Del Water Gap, kayak, with beginners. Any challenges or concerns on this leg of the trip? I have heard some concerns about Walpack Bend. What should I expect? I would appreciate any input!\r\n\r\nThanks
14 Aug 2011, 10:30
Hello,\r\n\r\nHopefully someone can help out with this: I am planning a bachelor party where we camp the weekend of Aug. 26th. I need a good campground along the Delaware or near it so that we can river tube for approx. 4 hours on the DE on that Saturday. Where is a good place to put in and take out? Please let me know ASAP as I need to reserve the campground. We're coming from Philly, so please make it within 2 hours of the city. Thanks for your help!
28 Jul 2011, 21:09
We are going tubing near Frenchtown. I have been told to leave cars at the Bulls Island campground and put in just south of Frenchtown at the kingwood boat launch, about 6 miles/4hour float, depending on the currents. Does this sound right?
22 Jul 2011, 17:03
Great site.
Mike Petillo
12 Jul 2011, 11:53
Hey Jeni:\r\n\r\nYou also might want to look at From Matamoras down to Dingman or Bushkill. If you leave from Milford Beach the Dela. Park has shuttle that will take you for free and your boats for 5 bucks from as far as Bushkill launch back to you vehicles.\r\n\r\nMike P.
11 Jul 2011, 09:06
Hello Guys,\r\n\r\nI'm trying to organize a tubing trip for a decent sized group of us and was looking for advice. I'd rather not go with one of the companies so I'm looking for suggestions on sites to launch/get out of the river. We are down in Philly and would love to go towards New Hope.\r\n\r\nThanks,\r\n\r\nEvan
Jon H.
10 Jul 2011, 15:32
Hi, In reference to Jeni I agree with Steve. Today I went from Bushkill access to Kittatiny point. 16 Miles. It is absolutely beautiful and I noticed there are plenty of campsites for everyone. They have to be organized in advance or easier still use the commercial liveries. Sixteen miles doesn't sound like much but it is a pretty full day for a wedding party. You may want to extend the trip from Milford to the gap. Eagles and Osprey every step of the way. There is plenty of water in this part of the river. It gets boney by Shawnee golf course this time of the year but a lot of the fun of a trip is out of the boat. I would look into the commercial liveries because they supply everything you need for a successful trip ( pfd's).Good luck, Jon
Jon H.
10 Jul 2011, 15:20
Hi Jeni,
Steve Wootton
05 Jul 2011, 21:02
For Jeni Josephson. You might want to think about launching at Eshback or Dingmans, both in PA (depending on what time you can start and how experienced you are) and use the large group sites available at Hamilton (no.s 92 and beyond)in NJ. That way you can exit at Smithfield Beach (PA) or Kittatinny point (NJ) the following day. We can help with canoes, equipment and transport. Regards, Steve.
Jeni Josephson
31 May 2011, 17:10
Hello,\r\n My fiance and I want to do a joint bachelor/ bachelorette party as a weekend canoe trip. We need to go the weekend of August 20th. What section would be recommended for moving water that keeps things interesting and easier for the beginning canoer with camping that can fit larger groups? My main concern is that in late August will there be enough water in this river or will it get really boney?? Also, although we'll be a large group I'd rather not be in a crowded area on the river. Any good ideas for us?\r\nThanks,\r\nJeni
rick dietrick
10 Nov 2010, 05:16
I have done numerous trips between hancock and trenton. Typically trips in fall and spring are best with a wetsuit primarilly to avoid the crowds (or any people for that matter). If you are a steady paddler with a good tracking boat you will average about 4mph. My favorite trip is above skinners falls to port jervis, 2 days, 80 miles. Not for a weak paddler due to distance covered. I echo the reference to Gary Letcher's book Canoeing the Delaware River as the absolute go to for anyone considering a long trip. The DWG area is beautiful but not as much fun as it lacks any real whitewater. There are no real bad areas along the whole river, enjoy and wear your PFD. \r\n
Jon Henderson
26 Sep 2010, 16:37
Hi, This summer a friend and myself went from Balls Eddy PA on the west branch to Washingtons Crossing. (Next Week to Trenton)It has been a wonderful experience to say the least. We have two 12 foot recreation kayaks. A Dirigo and a Vapor,(Old Towns)That are just the ticket for the Delaware, however I have seen every kind of conveyence possible and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. If you are planning any kind of trip at all the most essential item in your kit will be the book by Gary Lecher "Canoeing the Delaware" I downloaded it to my kindle for $8.00 or you can get it at Amazon or the large retailers. Almost every Question that is posed here is addressed in this book. Kayaks do need a PA access permit to use the PA access points and they send you a sticker that goes on the side of your craft so they can easily see it. Lechers book gives all the miles and access points on both sides of the river and, what I liked, the history of each area you go through. I wore a pfd for the entire trip,on both slow and fast water. The most important things to bring along are, plenty of drinking water, a large cowboy type hat with a string around the chin, decent sunglasses with string around head, and plenty of sun block. See you on the Delaware.\r\n
22 Sep 2010, 21:36
Paul,\r\n it took me approx. 4 days to go from the Cannonsville dam in Deposit, ny to Port Jervis. I'm sure you could make it faster if that's your intention. Sorry, but I was not on the East Branch at all so I don't know anything about its navigability.
21 Sep 2010, 01:20
Dylan.\r\nI'd like to paddle east branch to mongaup? \r\nHow long did it take you from canonsville to port jervis?\r\nDo you have any knowlege of the east branch's condition/navigability for a small canoe?\r\n\r\nwish i were on the river right now\r\npaul.
10 Sep 2010, 00:47
Dylan, how long did that trip take you? Can you email me please,
08 Sep 2010, 16:16
I just finished canoeing (almost) the entire river, from just below the Cannonsville Dam in Deposit, NY, to Delmont, NJ, (Delmont is approximately 25 miles north of Cape May Point). Has anyone on this site ever taken a trip similiar to this? If so, I would love to hear about your experience in the Bay. I found it to be extremely difficult to handle the boat in even moderate winds, (15 mph was difficult, 20 and 20+ mph was dangerous), and that's what forced me to stop short of the cape. It was a very challenging trip and I would love to hear from anyone who has done it.
30 Aug 2010, 13:35
Very nice site!
18 Aug 2010, 08:12
I am new to Kayaking and want to go along the Delaware river, If possible 20 miles..even if we have to camp which would be exciting..\r\nDoes anyone know where we can go to do this . I own my own kayak with hubby and we are big on camping.\r\nI am looking to do this in sept.\r\nThanks to anyone that can help us.
17 Aug 2010, 09:05
Does anybody know of a transport service north of Calicoon that can take me back to my car at the end of mt trip?\r\n\r\nThanks\r\n
John A Miller
11 Aug 2010, 16:44
Looking to Canoe Barryville to Matamoras Sometime between the 16th and 20th of August. I am concrned about how dry it has been. What are the water levels up there? Anyone know?
08 Aug 2010, 04:36
Very nice site!
05 Aug 2010, 18:25
I would like to take about a 3 to 4 hour kayaking trip in the Worthington forest area. I have all the equipment but I need a place to launch and another place to leave the second car. Does anyone have any suggestions?\r\nThanks,\r\nJim
02 Aug 2010, 17:27
that would be a very long round trip one way may be over 8 hr
02 Aug 2010, 08:52
you will have to walk some parts very low about 3 hrs to bulls island from frenchtown
Ellen Stangroom
02 Aug 2010, 08:02
has anyone done a round trip kayacking out of frenchtown to the washington crossing and how long did it take. Also has anyone been on this stretch of the river recently and is it deep enough to kayack at this time of the year?
25 Jul 2010, 15:43
As of sat 7 24 river was very low and slow\r\nkingwood access is just south of frenchtown that would be about that time tubing
25 Jul 2010, 14:28
Hoping to tub from the frenchtown boat ramp area and have a ride of just about 1 1/2 hours -- any suggestions on where we should plan to pull out?\r\nhow fast is the river running right now?\r\n
23 Jul 2010, 12:25
Can anyone give me suggestions as to where to take my 3 sons tubing in the Lamberville/New Hope area that are fairly tame? My sons are young yet 12, 9 and 7. We have our own tubes so I don't want to go through an outfit. Where can we park, enter and exit the river on our own. Obviously we'll need 2 cars. Thanks for any advise.
12 Jul 2010, 10:49
Went tubing with fiance yesterday. Parked up above the Del Gap area and floated all the way down to Columbia (footbridge). Holy crow, did not realize how long that would take!! We put in at 1pm did not come up to the parking area at Columbia until 8pm. Quite a few slow spots and we did not have paddles. Used Intex RIver Run tubes - they were great and the river was loaded up to Turtle Beach. After that it became a little desolate. We went through two sets of rapids that, because the water was so low, threatened to upset us, but I'd never tubed before, so maybe it's more fun than I realize? I would have been more comfortable in an inflatable raft with an oar or two. I used a collapsable hiking pole to help push us through shallow water and away from rocks, worked well, plus gave stability getting up banks with the tube. I'd go again, but get out at Turtle beach. Have fun, stay safe!
11 Jul 2010, 16:42
I went tubing, with my family today, on the Delaware River in Bucks County. We had such a great time however, during my trip I saw a a number of people who were tubing but didn't go through either one of the local tubing companies. \r\n\r\nI am looking to do an approx. 4 hour trip, for just a fun relaxing time, where should I launch from and end at? If you can be specific and tell me the names of the locations/parks it would be helpful as I am not really familiar with the area. I am looking to plan a trip with a bunch of families and their children for a fun and relaxing day.\r\n\r\nThanks so much! \r\nBonita
Rumplestiltskin Jr.
03 Jul 2010, 04:58
Hey John,\r\nIf you do that trip, get started pretty early, I think it will take 5-7 hrs. It's easier to park in Lambertville, there's a lot at the south end of town by a little playground. Have fun dude.
01 Jul 2010, 00:47
I'm looking to do a tubing trip on the delaware river, but not sure where to launch and take out. I was thinking of floating from New Hope to Washington Crossing. I was going to lock my bike up at Washington Crossing State Park and driving up to New Hope to put in. Then riding my bike back to New Hope to get my truck. Any suggestions? Where should I park my truck?
m f wing
27 Jun 2010, 12:07
going to do trip with kayaks down Delaware live near upper black eddy want to go north 2 to 3 day trip any suggestions?
Nathanael Davis
14 Jun 2010, 16:39
I would be willing to do the first one for free. Any takers? I work for a school so I have my clearances and can supply personal and business references.
Nathanael Davis
11 Jun 2010, 11:30
Looks like I should start a business leading trips down the river. I have led trips with friends of anywhere from 5 people to 20. i already have two canoes and three kayaks. Thoughts?
frank congleton
26 May 2010, 21:09
I canoed the entire river in 1986 and found it ti be the best experance i ever had . taking my time and and stoping offten to site see and lunch it only took me 12 days. If you are thinking of making this trip be sure to bring enough supplies\r\nand gear to get you through all kinds of weather and emergencies. I towed a 4 man inflateable raft behind my canoe to hold supplies. worked out real nice. went in july camped on 1 of the many islands and was treated to light show by thousands of lightning bugs on one memerable night\r\na great trip good luck to all who take this trip
01 Apr 2010, 15:57
Best advice - buy the book by Gary Letcher, "Canoeing the Delaware River." It has helped me a great deal in planning trips. Gives access points, mileages, rapids, camping spots, features and historical info. It lays the river out in sections. It covers from Balls Eddy down to Trenton. A really good book.
23 Mar 2010, 11:56
If you aren't experienced with class II rapids, do not paddle through the New Hope-Lambertville wing dam. If you do plan to canoe through there, MAKE SURE the water is not flowing over the Pennsylvania dam wall; the hole behind the wall at higher water is a lethal keeper. When the river is at the "normal" summer level and both sides of the dam are exposed and can be walked on... it is best to pull up onto the dam wall and scout the rapids. For people not experienced with class II, at the very least, pull your canoe up on the wall of the dam and put it back in below the dam where you can see an easy channel downstream. Or... you can walk around the entire rapid from the Pennsylvania dam wall. Do not go too close to the PA side, but land about 200' or so out from the shoreline on the dam. Wear your PFDs and keep your feet UP if you swim!!! STAY SAFE and HAVE FUN!
anthony Carratura
29 Jan 2010, 19:33
just purchased a pontoon boat for fly fishing on the upper delaware, are there markers to notify the boaters where the different boat ramps are from the water? if not how can you tell??
Eric B
24 Jan 2010, 20:02
I'm looking to take my canoe down the Delaware River this sping/summer. But I'm really not to sure where to go to get transported back to my car. If anyone has any info for me that would be really helpful. Thnk you.
John Rebimbas
13 Jan 2010, 12:06
I would like to canoe and camp this summer if someone could help me with my seniero.. I would like to camp on Friday night conoe down the river Sat. camp Sat. night and conoe again on Sun.. Any idea who i could get in touch with for this type of trip.. it would be myself and 2 14 year old boys...Thank you for any help that I may get...John R...\r\n
22 Dec 2009, 14:38
Are the rapid sections of the river MORE or LESS pronounced during high-water?\r\n\r\nWe canoed from Milford to Smithfield last spring during relatively low water and had a blast!! We are aiming for Barryville to the Water Gap early next May and want to know what to expect if the river is high. \r\n\r\nHopefully there will still be some excitement!
james kreitman
15 Nov 2009, 16:29
hi i am trying to plan a trip this summer to do the entire delaware river. Do you have any ideas of how to go about planning this, also any info on where to stop, what to bring, how long it will take and ex. Thanks for your help
Victor Mattice
27 Sep 2009, 15:43
I would like to plane a five day canoeing, and camping trip down the Delaware. We have a party of six. We would like to cover as much of the river as we can. We would like to canoe about six to seven hours a day, and camp on the way. I lived on the East Branch when I was a kid, but now live in North Carolina. I anyone know anyone who can help me plan this trip. Please let me know.
22 Sep 2009, 23:56
Foul Rift is a blast! The wife and i have a couple of s.o.t.'s, no problem.\r\nYes challenging, but well worth it.\r\nWe stop at the Riverside Grill for drinks and snacks. What a great day to spend with your true love. Sounds pathetic, but i could do this everyday of my life! Tranquil and exciting, relaxing and invigorating, mother nature at her best.
04 Sep 2009, 13:20
I would like to canoe/kayak the river with a 6 and a 7 year old during the fall. Obviously an area that is simple to navigate. Does this even exist on the Delaware river? Any suggestions where I can go to rent the equipment? I prefer a place I do not need someone to pick us up at a secondary area but, if that is the only solution, so be it. Any ideas or suggestions would truely be appreciated.
Jim Rourke
19 Aug 2009, 20:09
Jake that might be a bit far. Dingmans Ferry to Water Gap access is a good two day trip I used to take as a scout, or Milford to Smithfield Beach possibly. Rosemary, try Bushkill access to Smithfield beach for a great day trip. Or to eliminate biking for the car you can put in at Bushkill, go downstream to where Bushkill Creek enters above Walpack Bend and go back up. Then if you want to stay longer you can go up from Bushkill to first big rapids and float back down. Nicest stretch on the whole river! Lotsa smallmouth bass.
19 Aug 2009, 18:06
Looking to do an overnighter somewhere between Milford and the Water Gap. Does anyone know if this entire length can be done in two days??\r\n\r\nThanks, Jake
10 Aug 2009, 19:31
Thinking about taking a day trip in kayaks on the Delaware...looking for a beautiful stretch at this time of year. We can do trip, either as 6 mile round trip or a one-way 10 mile stretch where we have a bike placed at the end for my husband to bike back to get the car. Any suggestions?? We'll be staying at Promised land State Park
27 Jul 2009, 17:23
several of my friends and i are looking to go tubing down the delaware this weekend coming up. we're looking for a 4-7 hour day on the water..drinks and lunch on the tubes. \r\n\r\nwhat's a good place to set out and end up? and is drinking allowed? any help is greatly appreciated! :)
24 Jul 2009, 20:59
any ideas on how long it would take and how many miles it would be to go from Skinner Falls to Philly?
Jim Pierson
14 Jul 2009, 05:04
I am planning a trip from Deposit NY (West Branch of Delaware down to Port Jervis later this month or the first week of August. Anyone interested or have thoughts on camping sites. I should be able to do @ 30 miles a day.
12 Jul 2009, 21:51
Soooooo... to do the length of the delaware is how long 2 weeks?? in Kayaks... and the list of areas to carry?? seems like theres one rift anything else?? fall or spring ??? any websites to help with planing camp spots... fresh water... help(911) etc... e-mail me or just comment on this. --Thanks Roger\r\n
Steve Berg
12 Jul 2009, 16:18
I am planning a trip down past the Water Gap, and was surprised to hear about Foul Rift.\r\nStarting when I was 6, I went to Camp Mohican (Now Delaware River Family Campsite) and went down past the power station many times in canoes. This was in the early 70's.\r\nAll we kids were 6-12, with counselors, but we went down them and had to paddle back up to get back to Delaware, NJ.\r\nI cannot believe that they have gotten any worse.\r\nAny input on those that have been through then lately? I want to take my kids down, but don't want my wife to have a fit.\r\nThanks for any input.\r\nSteve Berg\r\n
08 Jul 2009, 10:08
i am looking to do a one to two night kayak/camp trip in the Milford, Dingmens areas. any ideas on outfitters and places that do pick up and drop offs. i dont want a guided tour and would like as much seclusion as possible. i have my own kayak here on Long island but may be looking to rent one as well. Any thoughts?
John Pabst
06 Jul 2009, 17:06
I am planning a tubing trip on the Delaware. I have gone multiple times above Belvidere NJ but the crazy in me wants to tackle FOUL RIFT, with life jackets of course. Is this trip a suicide mission or some exciting fun?\r\n\r\nLet me know what you guys think.\r\n\r\nThanks\r\n\r\nJohn
19 Jun 2009, 13:47
Hi,\r\nWe are going to kayak the Delaware river from Milford to the Water Gap in July. We have 3 days and it seem to be somewhat relaxed paddling, so I wonder if it makes sence to go from Matamoras instead. I mean is river up there is nice good looking.\r\nAnother question is camping-related one. We are going to stay overnight on the islands,so could someone suggest nice camping spots? Any comments would be helpful. Thanks.\r\nIrina
13 Jun 2009, 05:42
Hi Phil\r\n\r\nThanks for the info.Looks like that there are different regulation for different states! I decided checked with National Park Officer about folding canoe(I have Alley). He said folding canoe does not need registering. Then while searching in the web, it looks like NYC will need register even for the folding canoe.\r\nPhil, as you wrote, I agree on the freedom that this country provides, and also, this country provides diverse ways to live your life as you like. I have lived in different parts of world, but for me, this country is where I feel most comfortable. This is my 3rd dime living in US, and I hope to stay here as long as possible so I can bless my 2 and 3 year olds with the sense of freedom this country provides.\r\n\r\nI will probably go for a Canoe trip this weekend!\r\n\r\nThanks Phil and others that provided the information for other states.
11 Jun 2009, 20:44
Hi Kathie,\r\n\r\nYou may have a point there. I've always registered my boats of any kind because Pa lakes require either a launching permit or a Pa Registration. This may not be a requirement in the National Recreation Area. I've looked on line for the Regs. for the Del NRA but couldn't find them. Have a great time Kayaking. Sorry if I misled anyone.\r\nHave a great summer.\r\n\r\nPhil
11 Jun 2009, 10:19
There are different regulations on registration depending on what state you are in. New Jersey does not require kayaks to be registered. Pennsylvania does and I am not sure about New York (I don't think you need to register there).
Kathie Aberman
10 Jun 2009, 10:55
Hi Phil, \r\nAs a newcomer to kayaking, I was surprised to read in your note to Ken that our kayaks have to be registered? This is the first I've heard of that. Where does one go to register one's boat? I live in NY, and a lot of my friends have kayaks, but I've never heard anybody mention this.\r\n\r\nKathie
09 Jun 2009, 19:20
Hi Ken,\r\nNo, you donít need a license but if you have your own boat or borrow one it needs to be registered in the state you are from. That is good enough. If you are in the National Recreation Area you need to check with the rules for camping etc. One rule is you need to pass one access after putting in to qualify to camp for the night. Some of the access areas have charge to park there.: Dingmanís , Bushkill, Smithfield Beach, and Kittatinny. \r\nThere are outfitters who rent canoes, and kayaks at different spots along the river. They will supply a boat, drop you off and pick you up for a price. \r\nI have enjoyed the river especially between the Water Gap and Bushkill since I was 14 and now I am 58 itís given me some great memories, (as a boy and raising my family, and with my grandkids ) floating, fishing and just a place to relax and enjoy Godís great creation.\r\n\r\nWelcome to the US Ken. I've been blessed to be born in this great country. I appreciate the freedoms that I have enjoyed here all my life. I pray that those freedoms will be here for my grandchildren, and others like yourself who come from other countries.\r\n\r\n\r\nPhil\r\n
05 Jun 2009, 05:34
I just moved to US and I have been trying to check if you need any kind of licence to do canoe trip on the Delaware River? Probably it is so obvious that I am not finding any info on this issue. Can anyone clarify this question for me? Thanks!!
02 Jun 2009, 19:25
I have seen some posts that are asking about paddling the entire river, down to the bay, and I was wondering if anyone has responded with any information about this and if so, if they would mind contacting me. I am interested in canoeing the length of the river and would be very interested to hear from anyone who has done this. Thanks.
Peter S
29 May 2009, 20:14
Yes you could go from Milford to Bushkill in one day. It does involve a fair amount of paddling, but it is definitely do-able. You could stop for lunch somewhere around Dingman's. It is all fairly calm water, especially from Millford to Dingman's. With the rain we've had this week, the current might be up a little bit, making the journey even swifter. Enjoy...
Pam Lupfer
28 May 2009, 20:15
We are new to the Delaware and want to kayak from Milford to Bushkill. Can we do this 18 miles in a day if we start early? All I am reading sounds like it is flowing but fairly quiet water with only Class I rapids.\r\nHopefully leaving within 2 days if anyone has any info asap. Thanks
Mike M
19 May 2009, 12:57
I will add that after the Bend area the rapids do get the heart beating a little faster. We definitely put on lifevests if we don't have them on already. We usually kneel down in the canoe for more stability and try to read the water in advance for best path and rocks to avoid. If you are careful and take your time, plus watch the route others take before you, then you should have no problems there.
Mike M
19 May 2009, 12:44
Marc C,\r\nI've done Dingmanns to Smithfield 3 times in a canoe loaded with gear. My group camps overnight near the Bend area. Walpak Bend is nothing to worry about. Class 1 at most and very manageable. Gives a little excitement after all the flat water. This year we are starting at Eshback to cut off 6 miles the first day so we can make camp earlier and enjoy more leisure time. May stop at Worthington State Forest access point which is 2 miles past Smithfield. Never went past Smithfield so don't know how it is.
Mark C
13 May 2009, 22:29
HELP. I am looking to go canoeing with my wife and 2 daughters this weekend. It will be there first time in a canoe and my first time in 10 years (same for my wife). \r\n\r\nI want their first experience to be pleasant (read: not frightened) so I am looking for the most tranquil parts of the Delaware River - Class I rapids only. Orignally \r\n\r\nI was going to go from Bushkill to Smithfiled, but read about Walpak Bend. How is the trip from Smithfiled Beach to the Delaware Water Gap? \r\n\r\nAny suggestiosn/advice woudl be appreciated.
Kathie Aberman
06 May 2009, 19:25
Hey Rob,\r\nI don't know where Scudders Falls is - couldn't find it above in the narrative. And here's a beginner's question: how hard is it to paddle upstream? You made it sound easy and relaxing, which maybe it is in places, but surely not in others. I'm waiting for it to get a little warmer, and I'm looking forward to starting our with my new kayak (not yet even in the water!)\r\n\r\n
03 May 2009, 04:35
anyone paddling a distance or 3 or 4 day trips?
rob medina
03 May 2009, 04:31
I am interested in meeting up with anyone who wants to paddle the Delaware. I put in at scudders falls and paddled upstream to Washington's crossing yesterday and it was very enjoyable. I saw a bald eagle just as I started paddling- a nice treat!\r\nAnyway, if anyone wants company I am more than up for it- I have a 10 foot Old Town Loon with spray skirt- not a WW craft by any means, nor is it a 15+ footer for touring- so if you think we could paddle give me a hollar-\r\n\r\nThanks-Rob
Hank Snyder
01 May 2009, 17:09
How do I go about advertising on this site. I think it's one of the best ones available.\r\nHank
Evan// Or anybody
27 Apr 2009, 05:08
Hi Evan, not sure if you ever check in here but I saw your post and hoping you can help me out. I have been wanting to plan a 4-5 day trip down the delaware in my kayak, 16 footer. Can you give me some details about your trip? where did you put it/pull out. I am trying to arrange my drops off and pickups and any details you could give would be great appreciated. For anyone reading this, I will be paddling solo, I live in Central Jersey, and would like to end up around here. Anybody????
03 Mar 2009, 18:35
wat r some major facts about the delaware river i need them asap!
Kathie Aberman
03 Jan 2009, 14:28
Thanks Bill. Your advice sounds like a plan I could manage. It's nice to have a plan in the dead of winter for the future warm days!\r\n\r\nKathie
Bill Roberts
03 Jan 2009, 06:42
Hey Kathie.\r\nGood idea. You can put in at upper black eddy. On the pensy side just below that ramp , a lady lets people use her ramp for a few bucks. I'm pretty sure she won't mind you leaving car over nite. Take a day trip check it out. From there you can stop and have lunch in frenchtown with your friend. then paddle or float on to hotdog island, and have lunch with the tubers. awesome. On your prior day trip stop in at bulls island park nj side. reserve a site,check the rules for weather cancellations. You can call them for the river flow also. Nice park. maybe you can meet with someone and camp for a nite. They can bring the stuff in the car.DON'T go through the wing dam. Go to left just above it. Your at the campsite. During your day trip walk down to the river you'll see it. 8 mile trip. You won't be alone and there are lots of kayak people.Tiny rapids. I did it in half a day, in a row boat. This is you. Have Fun Bill
Kathie Aberman
28 Dec 2008, 14:28
I just started kayaking last summer, and I love it so much that I bought one myself. I just drove from Pt. Jervis (not too far from where I live) to visit a relative at Frenchtown, and thought: what about taking a trip down the river next summer, stopping along the way for as many days as it would take. I am no spring chicken (in my 60's) and not experienced with rough water and rapids, so it sounds like maybe the Delaware would be too challenging for me, even if I could find an intrepid paddling groups or partner for the adventure. But so much of the river looks like it would be a fun, exciting (but not too) ride, and I don't want to give up on this idea. Can anyone give me some tips on where to begin, people/groups to connect with, B & Bs along the river for overnighting? Is it too crazy? Should I just stick with quieter day trips until I have more experience? I don't want to break my neck, but I am having a hard time thinking rationally about it.
04 Dec 2008, 10:45
A group of us canoed the Delaware every summer from 1971-1974, starting as far upriver as Skinners Falls and going as far downriver as Easton/Phillipsburg. I'm collecting photos of the bridges we went under, but have been unable to find the heights of several of them. Does anyone know the heights of the following bridges (that is, how high they are above the river)?\r\n* Roebling Delaware Aqueduct Bridge\r\n* Pond Eddy Bridge\r\n* Port Jervis/Matamoras Bridge\r\n* Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge\r\n* Columbia Bridge\r\n* Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge\r\n* Portland-Columbia Pdestrian Bridge\r\n* Martins Creek Branch Bridge\r\n
04 Dec 2008, 09:13
James,\r\nWay back in '74, five friends and I canoed from the east branch a bit above Hancock, where the two branches meet to form the maiin river, down to Pt. Pleasant, above Philly. We took about 2 weeks, in the 2nd half of May, which included a layover day or 2. We were 17 at the time. It was a great trip and I highly recommend something similar. \r\n\r\nWhile a lot has changed with respect to camping access, etc., the river's pretty much the same. You can certainly continue on downstream past Point Pleasant. There are rapids to be careful of, and some wing dams (the wing dams are below Pt. Pleasant). The the wing dams have open sections in the midddle, where you want to run if you don't portage around them (high waves, but not the dangerous hydraulics that can form where the dam itself is if the water's high enough to run over it). Rapids at normal or low water levels don't exceed II+ on the international scale, but river canoeing experience or training is recommended. I've seen lots of carnage at places like Skinner's Falls, where ignorance, life jacket as a seat cushions, and alcohol make for a very dangerous cocktail.
21 Oct 2008, 14:42
hey james, i did it from the watergap to philadelphia. It took me about 4 days, but i recommend spreading it out to more like 6 days. A long kyak is best and don't be worried about people telling you how dangerous it is. It is a very enjoyable ride.
19 Oct 2008, 09:19
I would like to kayak down the whole river to the bay .Has anyone done it ,is it possible?
betty Lou
26 Sep 2008, 23:04
New to this site. We are a group of adaptive paddlers (kayaks)interested in paddling the upper part of the Del on Oct 5th. Not being familar with the area just wondering if anyone could give us any info. We paddle tandem kayaks (adaptive kayaking for folks in wheelchairs or some form of physical limitation). We also paddle single kayaks. We are thinking about putting in at Bull's Island and paddling down to Lumbertville approx 7 miles??\r\nHas anyone done this stretch recently? \r\nAny water hazards? Is it rockie?\r\nAny beach/flat bank areas for us to take out for lunch??\r\nThank you!!!\r\nbetty lou
10 Sep 2008, 05:18
****Notice of Danger****\r\n\r\nDangerous area on the Delaware River just below (South) of Lambertville, NJ/New Hope, Pa.\r\n\r\nA winged-tip dam exists here. Below the dam area is a rock/boulder laden area. \r\nMy estimate --- Class 3 at above average water levels....\r\n\r\nOver the years, there have been several deaths along this section of the river.
08 Sep 2008, 14:21
Check out this book:\r\n\r\nCANOEING THE DELAWARE RIVER\r\n\r\n 0813524512/ref=ed_oe_p
03 Sep 2008, 05:18
I just finished a four day trip from the Water Gap to Philadelphia.It probably should have taken six days or so, but I have a quick pace. After Trenton, the river is awful to be on. I took the tide into account and it was a little bit easier, there are some nice parks and towns to stop in too. Coming into philly, I docked at Penn's Landing. getting there is very difficult if there is a lot of traffic from other boats, so you may want to go later in the day.
02 Sep 2008, 13:59
I've paddled the entire river to the the tide line, twice in single trips (to Lambertville) and in shorter trips from one way point to another. We paddled Balls Eddy to Lambertville, and it was a blast. We did it in 10 days. It could have been shorter, but we took it easy and stopped early whenever we found a good campsite. As others have said, leave nothing behind but a better place than you found. A lot of the area is private property, but if you are quiet and respectful, you won't have problems. We did this in a fully loaded open canoe twice, and the Foul Rift was a blast, as was Shohola and Skinners. We took on a lot of water and had to bail the boat half way through, but with a little navigating and a lot of paddling Foul Rift is not that bad at all. Fishing is always great, and it seems to improve every year all along the length of the river.
25 Aug 2008, 16:28
i am kayaking from milford to Philadelphia, any tips? is 7 days enough? is there anything I should know as i approach the Trenton/Philadelphia area?
18 Aug 2008, 10:08
Hi everyone,\r\n\r\nMyself and three friends would like to go on a 2 night unguided canoeing trip in a picturesque nature filled good for swimming easy water location. We're in New York City and would need to rent the kayaks and prefer to use public transport to get to the river and kayak rental shop. Any advice would be much appreciated
12 Aug 2008, 11:57
I'm looking for a nice place to launch and to complete our 3 +/- hour tubing trip. Some place north of New Hope, either side of the river, but not too far. Does anyone have suggestion for easy access? Thanks
12 Aug 2008, 11:49
I have a suggestions about taking a dog tubing with you. DON'T. It almost cost me my life. Actually it wasn't that bad. I made a special tube for my dog to sit in, but he would not. And at the most inapropriet moment he jumped out and was swept by the current. I jumped after him, and was sweped as well. Got banged up a little on the rocks, but I cought the dog. So, all's well.
Tom Yaker
11 Aug 2008, 16:03
I'm looking to go kayaking in September.\r\nI am caught between going from Narrowsburg to Ascalona campground. Aprox river mm 279. The other trip would be from campground to primitive campground river mm 264. Tossed between going kayaking with all our camping gear or going to a campsite and kayaking with no gear. Any ideas?
01 Aug 2008, 06:01
Hi all.\r\n\r\nHow about a place to use my newly built Chesapeake Light Craft 13', flat bottomed, lightweight, rowboat on the Delaware. I am almost finished building it and will launch in about 2 weeks. I have a sailing rig on it too.\r\n\r\nI have "whitewatered" in canoes up to classs 3. Mostly in NC and SC. I'm 70 years old now and not able to leap tall buildings anymore.
Mike Griffin
30 Jul 2008, 20:46
Love canoeing down this river, but it has been a long time since my best friend and I have gone down it. this year we will be taking my dog with, has anyone done that? Any suggestions about having dogs along on this trip?
steve b
30 Jul 2008, 08:03
terri,\r\nfor your camping/kayak trip i recommend 'driftstone on the delaware', a great family campground right on the river! prices are alittle high, but it is a great place and the ability to paddle right into the place is worth the extra cost.\r\ncheck out their web site, it lists 4,8,and 12 mile trips all ending at their camp. we are going this weekend!\r\n\r\nas for rough waters, a friend warned me about foul rift, a few miles south of driftsone...he said dont do it w/ the kids...too rough!!\r\nsteve\r\n
26 Jul 2008, 08:47
Hello,\r\n\r\nA bunch of friends and I are looking to do a kayak/camping trip Columbas Day weekend. Can anyone tell me a good place to camp. I have a popup, and looking for a campgound on the river. Thanks for any information you may give.\r\n\r\nTerri
26 Jul 2008, 08:33
\r\nThe area near Route 80 appears calm. How far can I kayak, both north and south from that location before I will encounter areas that are rough or less safe. I enjoy kayaking, but do not have an appetite for rough waters.
26 Jul 2008, 08:30
\r\nThe area near Route 80 appears calm. How far can I kayak, both north and south from that location before I will encounter areas that are rough or less safe. I enjoy kayaking, but do not have an appetite for rough waters.\r\n\r\n
26 Jul 2008, 08:30
\r\nThe area near Route 80 appears calm. How far can I kayak, both north and south from that location before I will encounter areas that are rough or less safe. I enjoy kayaking, but do not have an appetite for rough waters.\r\n\r\n
26 Jul 2008, 08:29
\r\nThe area near Route 80 appears calm. How far can I kayak, both north and south from that location before I will encounter areas that are rough or less safe. I enjoy kayaking, but do not have an appetite for rough waters.\r\n\r\n
21 Jul 2008, 19:30
I really, really need the help of some people that are in the know. I want to camp out on the Delaware river. I also want go tubing down the Delaware river. (in the opposite order) I want to have a camp site secured and set-up...I want to then find a place upstream to launch from(tubes) and then float down to the camp site where I will have my coolers, food, tents ect, all ready set up. I want to do this after labor day, on a Saturday and as legal as possible. I do, expect to be able to drink some beers at the campsite. I please ask that you respond if you have any ideas. I'm looking to tube for 2-6 hours with 5-8 others. I also want to do this completly without involving any tour company.\r\n\r\nThank you, thank you.
21 Jul 2008, 12:41
We have a summer place near Martin's Creek. We always put in at Belvidere and head down to the PPL Boat Ramp in Martin's Creek. It is about an hour ride.\r\n I would not recommend doing this in a canoe, especially at this time of the year when the water is low.\r\n We have a sit on top kayak and hit very once in a while in Foul Rift.\r\n I would recommend staying on the Pennsy side of the river and when you near the rock ledge (by the overlook deck on the PPL hiking trail) head for the center and paddle like hell.\r\nIt's lots of fun if you follow that path.\r\n\r\n Other areas to set in are the Delaware Water Gap (Jersey side) or Portland. Portland down to Martin's Creek is about 4 hours. It's a nice ride if you pack a lunch and stop at the islands. Martin's Creek down to Conagra is also a good ride (2 hours).
15 Jul 2008, 10:55
The area at Poxono above rt 80is calm and easy. Classes are held there for learning to kayak and there are a nesting pair of bald eagles
Ed Kris
15 Jul 2008, 10:50
Looking for a "pool area" to take dog (lab) for a swim and have kids (ages 8 & 14) snorkel & find critters. \r\n\r\nthanks, ed
Pat B
14 Jul 2008, 19:52
I know this question is nothing abt canoeing but my family is interested in tubing down the river. Is it pretty calm if we start out at Milford, PA with Kittatinny. Family of mom and dad with 8 and 14 year old children. Any suggestions will be gladly appreciated. Thanks so much!
Asshole Mike
12 Jul 2008, 17:41
me and my friend just kayaked foul rift today. it wasn't as bad as some make it out to be. it's challenging, but not too bad. it's a bit intimidating when you see all the huge rocks coming up and hear the roar of the river. but there were a group of tubers in front of us that were going through drinking beer and not looking worried at all. we got hung up on a couple of rocks here and there, but went through pretty easily for the most part. the last set of rapids were the worst. i wouldn't do it in a canoe, but in a rec kayak, it's pretty easy.
08 Jul 2008, 18:02
Foul Rift as of today--easy run on kayaks, no major problems and ran from Belvidere to martin's Creek in 43 minutes, with two gab sessions ;) where we made fun of the boys who were slowing us down
29 Jun 2008, 06:04
just want to connect with some canoeists on the delaware to get input as to the different launching areas, and which parts are the nicest to canoe on. \r\n
26 Jun 2008, 18:03
I would like to kayak from Frenchtown to Lambertville, but am hesitant of Devils Half Acre, is it fairly is to pass that area??
20 Jun 2008, 21:36
Hi all interested in going down the Del, my friends and I have takng trips(mostly three days) on the river for the last 15 yrs. We have done the Easton to Milford NJ, the gap to Lumberville that was along one and several trips from the gap to below Easton. We camp on the islands and bring everything we need and leave nothing behide except improvements that we made... our trips are taken from June thur early Sept and the fishing is always good, the smallies give the best fight(some yrs over 40 caught in three days). The reason for my post is selfish in nature since my group has aged and the summer months fill up with family activities so fast that I feel this trip that was once looked forward to all yr has become something different, my son is only three and I will have to wait until he can swim for hime to come I wait for the e-mail or call for the trip. Waiting is the hardest part, the paddleing is the easy part.
john bodisch
16 Jun 2008, 07:47
I've tube several times on the Delaware - both starting at the public launch at the Martin's Creek Power Plant and pulling out as far south as the free bridge in Phillipsburg/Easton, as well as the Con-Ag launch or even the Riverside Barr (not mispelled) and Grill.\r\n\r\nIt's become somewhat boring at this point and I'd like to try Foul Rift.\r\n\r\nAlthough there are several warnings for canoeists, what about taking this trip on oversized truck tire tubes?\r\n\r\nAny input would be greatly appreciated!\r\n\r\nThanks, John
Tim Hare
06 Jun 2008, 12:13
Scott:\r\n\r\nA nice stretch is from Frenchtown to Lambertville. Put in at the Kingwod access area which is just south of Frenchtown and take out at the Lambertville access area just above the wing dam. It's around 14 miles. \r\nYou could also put in at the Byram access area just north of Bull's Island. That would be about 7 miles to Lambertville.\r\n\r\nUp north put in at Worthington State Park and take out at on the left after the bridge at Belvidere. That is around 16 miles or so.
Chuck Danas
04 Jun 2008, 22:01
House for rent by the weekend, week or month. In Barryville and right across the street from the Delaware River and the Roebling Bridge. Visit for more info.\r\nHappy Canoeing!
Scott Dieck
04 Jun 2008, 10:36
Tim\r\nThanks for the reply. Good luck with Foul Rift. I hear it can be bad. We are looking for a day trip on the river, early am to midday. Any suggestions on a nice stretch of the river to start of with?
Tim Hare
04 Jun 2008, 09:13
Scott:\r\n\r\nHow much time do you want to be on the river? We averaged around 25 miles a day with a canoe. There are really no major problems on the river. The only area that got us was the Foul Rift. We were fully loaded with gear and got sideways and a wave took us out. But if you stay river right you should be OK. No special gear just a lot of sun screen and water. Next week we are going back to the run Foul Rift just to get it out our system. Let me know if you want any other info.
Scott Dieck
04 Jun 2008, 08:47
I have never kayaked the Delaware before and would like to do so this summer. Would appreciate ANY thoughts or comments on good places to put in, places to avoid, any special gear needed, length of time for trips, etc. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for your anticipated help.
Chris Fox
18 May 2008, 12:18
Hello. Some friends and I have about three days to waste in July. We would love a recommendation as to where to put in if we want to end up in matamoras on the third day. We will camp along the shore at night and would like our second day to be a play day (very little canoeing). Any suggestions anyone
17 Apr 2008, 19:58
hey i was just wondering where one would get experience for dealing with rapids and such... my neighbors threw out a almost perfect canoe (small hole i can patch with fiber glass in the back) today and my friend and i wanna eventually take it down the Delaware from start to finish
Scott Mergner
21 Jan 2008, 16:19
I was thinking of doing the same thing, in march or may. Me and some of my friends are good Kayakers but some are not. Can u guys tell me whats a good put to do.
Tim Hare
14 Jan 2008, 16:53
My son and I canoed the river from Skinners Falls to Lambertville this past summer (around 150 miles). I would be glad to answer any questions.
Brad Winkler
01 Jan 2008, 18:52
Joe,\r\nFunny-i was just on this website looking for the same info..We are thinking about the same trip in the spring. We have done parts-but never the entire river. We were thinking about running from port jervis area to new hope, or just south. All I can say is we bailed at the new hope dam. Wife and I went for quite a ride. In canoes though. Well-good luck..Maybe we'll see you out there-
Joe Lopardo
29 Dec 2007, 12:16
Has anybody you know ever kayaked the entire Delaware river. I've been putting a lot of thought into it and me and a few friends are thinking about taking the challenge. However we don't really have any idea on how the long the trip would take, or if there are any parts of the river that are dirty, unsafe, or unfavorable. Any comments would be helpful. Thanks for your time.
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