DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA – The break in the rain may have you thinking about heading out to the Delaware River for some boating, fishing, or paddling. Park Rangers at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area want to remind anyone thinking about any sort of river trip this week that additional safety requirements are in effect.
Due to high water, all boaters and paddlers are required to wear a properly fitted and fastened, United States Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while on the Delaware River.
On Monday at 11:00 a.m., the river was at just under 13′ at the Montague gauge. It is expected to crest this evening at 18 feet and to remain above 10 feet through the week.
“Mandatory wear” regulations are in effect in the park anytime the river level at the Montague, NJ, gauge reads 8′ or higher; the NPS closes the river corridor and all access points when the river level reaches 15′. Rises in river levels bring colder water temperatures, swifter currents, increased sediment and debris, and increased hazards.
NPS officials state that “wearing a lifejacket anytime one is on or near the river is the most important thing people can do to keep themselves safe. It is even more important when the river is high, cold, and swift.”
River levels can be monitored at National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.
For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area call the information desk at 570-426-2452 or click here.