Winding through highlands scenery from Hancock, NY, to just north of
Matamoras, PA, the Upper Delaware is a part of the National Wild and
Scenic Rivers System. Although the river is a unit of the National Park
System, almost all land along the river is privately owned.
Public river accesses are located for your convenience on both
Pennsylvania and New York shorelines. These accesses range from 3 to 20
miles apart along the river and are jointly managed by the National Park
Service and the agencies which own the land.
The Upper Delaware is the longest free-flowing river in the Northeast.
It includes riffles and Class I and II rapids between placid pools and
eddies. Its average depth is 4 to 5 feet, but 12- to 18-foot holes are
common, and many are even deeper, to 113 feet at Big Eddy, Narrowsburg,
NY. The river can rise rapidly after heavy rains and after releases from
dams on its tributaries.
The Upper Delaware's boating season extends from mid-April through
October. The water, even in summer, can be cold enough to cause
hypothermia. Boaters and anglers should always be prepared for cold
We will be Kayaking between Callicoon, NY (Callicoon access area just past Peck's Market on Right) to Milanville, PA (Skinners Falls access area). We'll be getting out before the rapids at Skinners Falls. The trip should take approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hrs. I think it’s one of the easiest sections of the river to paddle. We could stop at the Damascus access area which is the ½ way point for a break for anyone needing to use the facilities or needing to stretch their legs. Just about every time I have done this trip, I have seen bald eagles. We will need to leave at least one person's vehicle at Skinners Falls access area and the rest of us could drive to Callicoon which is only about an 8 mile, 12 min drive up the road. When our trip is complete, one person or so would stay with the kayaks/canoe while the others retrieve their cars from Callicoon. I can transport some members for those leaving their vehicles at Skinners falls.
All kayaks/canoes need to have the PA Fish & Boat Commission sticker and life vests are also required.
Links for more info on the Upper Delaware and boaters safety go to www.nps.gov/upde or www.upperdelawarecouncil.org
Drive time: from Scranton, Pa approx. 1hr
Duration : 3-3 1/2 (appox. 8 miles of paddling)
Date: Saturday 6/7/14
I will be at or in front of the Narrowsburg Roasters coffee shop at approx. 3:30pm to 3:40pm, for anyone that would like to meet there and then follow me to Skinners Falls access area. (I use this location because its one of the only places on the river with cell service. This way you can reach me last minute.)
Arrive in Skinners Falls at approx. 3:50pm to drop off some of the vehicles leave Skinners at approx. 3:55pm.
Start Time: approx. 4:00pm for paddling in Callicoon, Ny
I will have cell service in Narrowsburg but after that its hit or miss if you need to get a hold of me.
Address of Coffee shop: 25 Main St. Narrowsburg, Ny
If you need a Canoe or Kayak let me know and I will see what I can do for you. You might be able to rent in Callicoon if I can not come up with something for you.