Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

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Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River


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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 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. Rolling hills, riverfront villages, and bald eagles perched on trees form a vibrant backdrop as the Delaware River snakes gracefully through the rural countryside. But the story of the Upper Delaware is more than just a collection of beautiful pictures. Enjoy the river's recreational opportunities while watching it support a healthy ecosystem for wildlife and provides water for over 17 million people. 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.

Map of Upper Delaware

Latitude, Longitude: 41.608700, -75.061490



  • Boating

    Public river accesses are located for your convenience on both Pennsylvania and New York shorelines. These accesses range from 3 to 20 miles apart along the river and are jointly managed by the National Park Service and the agencies which own the land. The Upper Delaware is the longest free-flowing river in the Northeast. It includes riffles and Class I and II rapids between placid pools and eddies. Its average depth is 4 to 5 feet, but 12- to 18-foot holes are common, and many are even deeper, to 113 feet at Big Eddy, Narrowsburg, NY. River season runs from mid-April to October.

  • Bird Watching

    In recent years the Bald Eagle has returned to the Upper Delaware in ever increasing numbers. These awe inspiring birds are now nesting in the area and are often seen hunting near areas of open water in the mostly frozen Delaware during the winter.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Call the number above for maps of the area.

  • Camping

    Contact the number listed for camping information.

  • Fishing

    The pristine water of the Upper Delaware River provides ideal habitat for a great variety of fish species and is well known for abundant fishing opportunities. A valid New York or Pennsylvania fishing license is required for all anglers, age 16 and older, on the Delaware River between NY and PA when fishing from a boat or from either shore.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is available.

  • Historic Sites

    The Delaware Aqueduct is the oldest existing wire cable suspension bridge in the nation. Begun in 1847 as one of four suspension aqueducts on the Delaware and Hudson Canal, it was designed by and built under the supervision of John A. Roebling, future engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge. Another attraction is the Zane Grey Museum is located in the building which was home for the prolific western author between 1914 and 1918.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is permitted but be sure to remove all waste.

  • Water Sports

    Contact the number provided for more information.


The summers are usually warm and occasionally humid; while the winters can be quite cold and snowy.



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


Stewart International Airport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport are the closest airports to this area.

Phone Numbers


(570) 729-7134