Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River


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.


Seasonality / Weather

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.