Delaware River canoe skinners

River Conditions

Location Weather Optimal Stage Current Stage
3-5 feet
2 1/2 - 4 feet
Port Jervis
3-6 feet
Delaware Water Gap
5-8 feet
4-6 feet
7-10 feet

National Park Service

River Conditions and Recommendations

For the Upper Delaware River

Stage LegendRiver Stage (Barryville)Recommendations
Under 2.5 feet (low)Many exposed rocks, especially in the rapids. Narrow channels make rapids difficult to navigate. Plan on a slower trip and expect to scrape rocks or river bottom with your vessel. Shorter trips are recommended. Limit the weight in your vessel.
2.5 - 4 feet (average/optimal)Good for recreational boating, with waves up to 3 feet and some rocks exposed in rapids. River current is approximately 2 mph.
4 - 6 feet (moderate)Waves between 4 to 5 feet and swift river currents at least 2.5 mph. Only larger rocks are exposed in rapids, with open and wide channels. Increased canoe or kayak skills are recommended, and rafting is suggested for less skilled boaters.
6 - 8 feet (high)Waves up to 6 feet and noticeable hydraulics, very swift current of at least 3 mph. High skill level recommended for open boats, and rafting is recommended for less experienced boaters.
8 - 12 feet (very high)Swift currents of at least 4 mph, waves up to 8 feet, and hazardous hydraulics and undercurrents. Floating debris, hazards and obstructions along the shoreline and in rapids are possible. Water temperature decreased, so wet or dry suits recommended. Properly equipped rafts and/or enclosed boats are recommended. Highest skill level only!
Over 12 feet (near flood; danger)River current of 6-7 mph and many waves above 8 feet, violent currents, undercurrents and whirlpools. Floating debris, hazards and obstructions along the shoreline make conditions very dangerous. Maneuvering and rescue is extremely difficult. Boating is not recommended.