BUSHKILL - The 2017-2018 winter weather plan for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area includes keeping several visitor use sites open and closing others.  “Plowing and treating the main roads through the park is a top priority when we have snow and ice.  Secondary roads, administrative buildings, and visitor use sites will be plowed after the main roads have been cleared and are safe for travel,” said John Lambert, Chief of Maintenance at the park.  

The following locations will remain open through the winter but may not be cleared of snow and ice immediately following a storm:  River Road, Bushkill Access, Smithfield Beach, Point of Gap Overlook, and Milford Beach in PA; and Blue Mountain Lakes and Millbrook Village in NJ.  The McDade Recreational Trail will be accessible from Smithfield Beach, Milford Beach, Park Headquarters, and Bushkill Access.

Sites that will be closed for winter in early January or at the first significant snowfall, whichever comes first, include: Eshback Access, Dingmans Access, Hialeah Picnic Area, George W. Childs Park, Dingmans Falls Visitor Center (main parking lot and restrooms), Resort Point Overlook, and Raymondskill Falls in PA; and Poxono Boat Launch, Turtle Beach, Mountain Road, Van Campen Inn, Watergate and Namanock Recreation Sites, the dirt section of Old Mine Road south of Van Campen Inn, and the main parking lot and restrooms at Kittatinny Point.   

The sites that will be closed through the winter were selected based on factors including winterized water supply systems, reduced custodial staff, and other priorities for snow and ice removal.

For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and site openings and closures, call park headquarters at (570) 426-2452, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; visit their website at www.nps.gov/dewa; or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS.