Difficulty I-II
Length 77 Miles
Gauge DELAWARE R ABOVE LACKAWAXEN R NEAR BARRYVILLE NY
Flow Range 1700 - 25000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1080 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/25/2019 7:06 pm

River Description


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 

Wappinger Creek

 

Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group

 

Rapid Descriptions

Shehawken River Access, West Branch

Class - Mile - -0.1

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.

Confluence Pool, Hancock NY

Class - Mile - 0

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.

Buckingham River Access, Dillontown PA

Class - Mile - 5

River access on river right with a good boat ramp.

Lordville Access

Class - Mile - 9

Access is available with a rough boat ramp on the upstream river left side of the bridge.

Long Eddy Access

Class - Mile - 15

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 Access, Stalker PA

Class - Mile - 18

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.

Skinners Falls

Class - III Mile - 35.5
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Narrowsburg River Access

Class - Mile - 40
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Directions Description


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

Date Flow Result Factor  
2015-07-20 Medium Near Miss/Rescue Cold Water Read More
2014-07-26 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Other Read More
2013-08-15 High Fatality High Water Read More
2011-05-28 High Fatality One Boat Trip Read More
2009-08-23 Medium Fatality High Water Read More
2005-07-14 n/a Fatality Other Read More
2004-07-10 n/a Fatality Other Read More
2004-06-09 n/a Fatality Other Read More
2003-07-04 n/a Fatality One Boat Trip Read More
2003-06-02 High Fatality Inexperience Read More
1996-09-28 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Other Read More
1988-05-28 High Fatality Other Read More
1987-11-16 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Inexperience Read More

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Moose River Video

1/18/2011
Mark Singleton

2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers!  View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.

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