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The Delaware River and its canals are great places for flat water paddling.

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Scott Grayson


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Delaware River



The Delaware River stretches 330 miles from Hancock, NY to the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. This river is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi. The Delaware River is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System because of the variety of birds, fish, and other animals that live there. The earliest settlers around the Delaware River were Paleo-Indians over 12,000 years ago. Later, the Lenni Lenape traveled along the river in dugout canoes. Then In the 1800’s the Delaware River was important waterway for the transfer of goods from New York to Philadelphia.

What Makes It Great

The Delaware River and its canals are great for canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards. There are many spots to put in all along the Delaware River, The Delaware Canal, and The Delaware and Raritan Canal. Along the river, you will see farms, forests, historic towns, river islands and cliffs up to 200 feet tall. This river is a popular spot for outdoor recreation.

In the Lower Delaware you will most likely see many people on boats, jet skis and tubes. The Middle Delaware is more peaceful. There is less traffic and there are swimming beaches and campsites along both sides of the river. The Upper Delaware is a more wild section of river. The river has some whitewater some cliffs along the banks.

It is not uncommon to see bald eagles and osprey on the upper Delaware River. Other popular activities on the Delaware River include trout fishing and bird watching. The River is a migratory path for many birds and has many fishing spots along the main river and tributary rivers and creeks.

Who is Going to Love It

The Delaware River is great for anyone interested in flat water paddling. Beginners can checkout the canals and do short trips on the river. More experienced paddlers looking for a workout can do long distance paddling trips. There are even a few small rapids near Trenton where the freshwater river meets the tidal salt water of the Delaware Bay. The Delaware River canals also have 60 to 70 mile towpaths along the canals on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey side of the river. These towpaths are great for running and cycling.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Check out the Delaware River Trail website for directions to each of the river sections.

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