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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Delaware River Safety Advisories

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 High water levels in the Delaware River have prompted mandatory life jacket usage and cautions from both the Upper Delaware and Delaware Water Gap units of the National Park Service.
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 High water levels in the Delaware River have prompted mandatory life jacket usage and cautions from both the Upper Delaware and Delaware Water Gap units of the National Park Service.
    Upper Delaware
    Due to heavy rainfall, the Delaware River level as measured at the Barryville, NY gauge is
    6.1 feet. It is predicted to rise to 9.2 feet early Saturday morning which is 5 to 6 vertical feet higher than normal for this time of the year.
    By order of Superintendent Sean McGuinness,Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, all individuals are required to wear a properly fitting; United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) that is in good and serviceable condition while in or on the waters of the Delaware River within the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River.
    This order is effective immediately upon the river reaching 6 feet as measured on the Callicoon, NY or Barryville, NY gauge and will remain in effect until the river level recedes below 6 feet.

At higher levels, river conditions include large quantities of floating debris, very swift currents, decreased water temperature and increased hydraulic hazards in rapids and near bridge pilings, as well as increased hazards associated with downed trees and submerged obstacles near the shoreline.


    It is highly recommended that only very experienced boaters using proper equipment consider t. It is predicted to rise to 9.2 feet early Saturday morning which is 5 to 6 vertical feet higher than nor a river trip during this period of high water.
    Delaware Water Gap NRA
    Due to heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday, the Delaware River level as measured at Montague, New Jersey is currently 6.82 feet. It is predicted to rise to 12.5 feet by 2 am on Saturday, June 29, which is several vertical feet higher than normal for this time of the year.
    Superintendent John J. Donahue, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, requires all individuals to wear a proper fitting, United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) in good and serviceable condition while on board any vessel on the waters of the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This order will be effective once the river level as measured at the Montague gauge reaches 8 feet, and will remain in effect until the river level recedes below 8 feet.
    At higher levels, river conditions include large quantities of floating debris, very swift currents, decreased water temperature and increased hydraulic hazards in rapids and near bridge pilings, as well as increased hazards associated with downed trees and submerged obstacles near the shoreline.
    It is highly recommended that only very experienced boaters using proper equipment consider a river trip during this period of high water.

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