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National Park Service: Delaware Water Gap river and weather advisory

DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA – The Delaware River and several roads and facilities within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are currently closed due hazards presented by the heavy rain and high winds experienced overnight and into Monday.

Hazards include fallen and falling trees and limbs, high water, and roadway flooding.  Those visiting or traveling through the park should exercise caution while driving or recreating. Check the park’s website and social media platforms for updates.

The following road closures are in effect until further notice:

  • In PA, River Road is closed between Hialeah Picnic Area and Park Headquarters.
  • In NJ, Old Mine Road is closed between Millbrook Village and the Worthington State Forest boundary. Blue Mountain Lakes Road is also closed.
  • Please note:  US Route 209 remains open; however, motorists should exercise caution due to water on the roadway from mountainside runoff, particularly around mile marker 6 near the Eshback farm and river access and near streams and stream crossings.

The Delaware River and all access points are closed in anticipation of rapidly rising river levels. The river has been running at just under 8 feet at the Montague, NJ gauge for several days (2 to 3 feet higher than normal) and was hovering around the 10-foot mark this morning. Based on current predictions, the river will continue to rise before cresting at 18.5 feet on Tuesday morning.

For the safety of the public and employees, the Delaware River within the park is closed to all users any time the river reaches 15 feet, however, hazards are greatly increased this time of year due to water and air temperatures.   No river flooding is expected. Flood stage at the Montague gauge is 25 feet.

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 visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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