Eric Lisnik, representing the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, issued the following update on May 10th, ten days after the National Park Service unit closed due to the federal budget lapse:
Due to the continued Government Shutdown, the park remains closed to visitation and all recreational activities.
All partner operated facilities remain closed, while Route 209 in PA and both Route 615 and Old Mine Road north of Millbrook Village in NJ remain open to through traffic. The park's Law Enforcement Staff along with the park's 24 hour Communications Center, who are exempted from the furlough, continue covering park operations to respond to emergency situations that may arise.
While closure contacts by the law enforcement staff remain frequent, all of the contacts have been resolved through education and verbal warnings. No major incidents have occurred within the park since the implementation of the closure.
Special events such as the Black Bear Century Ride and Don Baylor's lecture on "The Poconos: The Cradle of American Trout Fishing" at 7 p.m. on October 12 have had to be cancelled due to the park closure.