Mokai boats, essentially a kayak with a motor, are allowed on the Upper Delaware, Carla Hahn, National Park Service, told the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) in Narrowsburg, Thursday. What aren’t allowed are personal water craft.
The Park Service has been receiving calls and e-mails from people concerned about increasing use of motorized boats on the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River. At the June 26 UDC Project Review committee meeting, Park Service Superintendent Sean McGuinness referenced an ad for a “Mokai Simmer River Rally” to be held at the Zane Grey Boat Access on July 13.
McGuinness said he is asking people to keep track of the use and if it starts to impede the “Outstandingly Remarkable Values” for which the Upper Delaware was designated as part of the US Wild & Scenic Rivers system, the Park Service may need to consider restrictions.
Hahn stated at the July 5th UDC session that both Pennsylvania and New York law allows for registered motorized boats, but not personal water craft. She said that a manufacturer wants to try and introduce the Mokai craft here, but fishing guides were upset and contacted the Park Service.
Andrew Boyar, Town of Highland (NY) representative on the UDC, asked for research top see if the National Park Service restricts Mokai boats elsewhere in the country. A word of caution was advised by David Dean, Town of Deerpark representative, who said they should not start “splitting hairs’ over water craft they like or don’t like. “We have rescue squads with motor boats [on the Upper Delaware],” he reminded.