The middle Delaware River from Dingman's Ferry to Marshall's Creek is a 9-mile lazy paddling trip that can awe a paddler with its overwhelming beauty and abundance of wildlife. As we moved with a lazy 3 knot current we witnessed the eastern Pocono Mountain scenery and caught sight of a flock of canvasback ducks w/ offspring, blue herons, white egrets, Canadian geese that almost guided us down river, turtles sunning on fallen trees, a mocking bird giving a bad time to a thieving red tailed hawk and best of all, two full fledged bald eagles. The river along this 10-mile run is really calm, with a couple of small fast water riffles to speed you up just enough to break the slow, easy pace. We encountered several friendly fishermen and a couple who were camping their way down the river on a week's vacation. There were 5 in our party with 2 sit-ins, a single sit-on-top and a tandem sit-on-top. All agreed the day was well spent and returned home satisfied and slightly tired.
Route 209 is sign friendly all the way along with several outfitters, restaurants, gas stations and public rest areas.
There is an all day parking fee of $6.00 per day at Dingman's Ferry Access.
From Philadelphia: take Route 611 North all the way past the Delaware Water Gap, take Rte. 209 North to Dingman's Ferry Access for the put-in. Approximately 2 miles past Marshall's Creek is a State Park, Bushkill Access for the take-out.
The Delaware Water Gap River Guide and Delaware Water Gap Road Map, both available from The National Park Service, Bushkill, PA 18324