The Upper Delaware River forms the border between New York and Pennsylvania and a number of access points along the river are available allowing paddlers to select a section of interest. The Upper Delaware is a federal Wild and Scenic River managed by the National Park Service. In fact it was one of the original 27 rivers designated for study with the passage of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 and was ultimately added to the system in 1978. NPS maintains a website that includes information on outfitters who provide canoe and tube rentals along with shuttle service.
Reservoirs upstream provide water to New York City but along the mainstem the river flows freely as one of the few undammed rivers in the Northeast with excellent canoeing and fishing opportunities. In fact the combination of proximity to major population centers, consistent flows, and high water quality make this one of the finest canoe trips in the Northeast and one of the most popular canoe rivers in the country.
The National Park Service has a mandatory PFD wear policy when the river is 6' or higher at the gage. This includes Boating, Swimming, Wading or any other entry into the water.
The Mongaup Wave playspot comes near the end of this section (AW web page for Mongaup Wave).
Catskills Area Reaches
Basic Creek Batavia Kill Bear Kill
Beaver Kill (Delaware Trib) Beaver Kill (Hudson Trib) Beer Kill
Beer Kill, W. Branch Bowery Creek Bush Kill
Callicoon Creek, E. Branch Callicoon Creek, N. Branch Catskill Creek (1.)
Catskill Creek (2.) Catskill Creek (4.) Claverack Creek
Coxing Kill Delaware Delaware, E. Branch
Delaware, W. Branch Little Delaware Dry Brook
East Kill Esopus Creek (1) Esopus Creek (2)
Esopus Creek (3) Esopus Creek (4) Esopus Creek (5)
Hannacrois Creek Kaaterskill Creek (1.) Kaaterskill Creek (2.)
Kinderhook Creek (3.) Kiskatom Creek Mombaccus Creek
Mill Brook Neversink (1.) Neversink, E. Branch
Neversink, W. Branch Peters Kill Platte Kill
Plattekill Creek Potic Creek Roeliff Jansen Kill (1)
Roeliff Jansen Kill (2) Rochester Creek Rondout Creek (1)
Rondout Creek (2) Rondout Creek (3) Sandburg Creek
Saw Kill (1) Saw Kill (2) Saw Kill (3)
Schoharie Creek (1.) Schoharie Creek (2.) Shingle Kill Creek
Squirmer Creek Stony Clove Creek Ten Mile Creek
Thorp Creek Tremper Kill Wallkill
West Kill Woodland Creek Vly Creek
Downstate New York Area Reaches
Beer Kill Beer Kill, W. Branch
Callicoon Creek, E. Branch Callicoon Creek, N. Branch
Coxing Kill Croton
Delaware (1.) Delaware (2. Mongaup Wave)
Delaware (3.) Fishkill Creek
Mombaccus Creek Mongaup
Moodna Creek Neversink (1.)
Neversink (2.) Neversink, E. Branch
Peters Kill Pocantico
Popolopen Brook Ramapo
Rochester Creek Rondout Creek (1.)
Rondout Creek (2.) Rondout Creek (3.)
Sandburg Creek Stony Brook (1.)
Stony Brook (2.) Wallkill
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Shehawken River Access is on the on the West Branch of the Delaware River just before it joins the East Branch along Highway 191 in Pennsylvania. There is a good boat ramp.
Fishermen's Access at Confluence Pool where the east and west branches of the Delaware join and the start of the Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic River.
River access on river right with a good boat ramp.
Access is available with a rough boat ramp on the upstream river left side of the bridge.
To reach the access follow Depot Street across the tracks where it turns into Ferry Street and deadends at the river with a boat ramp.
Kellams Bridge is at Stalker, PA. Access is available on the upstream river right side of the bridge at the Soaring Eagle Campground. This is a private access available to customers. NYSDEC maintains a fishermen's access on the upstream river left side of the bridge. The access at the campground offers easier river side access for boaters.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
Access Points include the follow indicated by mileage from Hancock.
Hancock, NY, 0
Buckingham, PA, 5 mile
Lordville, PA, 9 mile
Long Eddy, NY, 15 mile
Kellams, NY, 18 mile
Callicoon, NY/PA, 27 mile
Damascus, PA, 32 mile
Skinners Falls, NY, 35 mile
Narrowsburg, NY/PA, 40 mile
Ten Mile River, NY, 47 mile
Lackawaxen, PA, 53 mile
Highland, NY, 56 mile
Mongaup, NY, 69 mile
Sparrowbush, NY 72 mile
Matamoras, PA 74 mile
Confluence Pool Access
Shehawken River Access
Buckingham River Access
Kellams Bridge Access
Long Eddy Access
Lordville Bridge Access
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
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Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.
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