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Friday, April 07, 2006

A Little About the Delaware River

The Delaware is the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi. It's 330 miles long starting at the junction of the East and West Branches at Hancock, N.Y. to the mouth of the Delaware Bay.

Three different stretches of the Delaware are included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The first stretch is 73 miles long from the junction of the river's East and West Branches at Hancock, N.Y. downstream to Milrift, PA. The second stretch is 40-miles long and starts just south of Port Jervis, N.Y. and continues downstream to the Delaware Water Gap near Stroudsburg, PA. The Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, was began on November 1, 2000, and added another 65 miles of the Delaware linking the Delaware Water Gap and Washington Crossing, PA , just north of Trenton, N.J. These three streches of river add up to about three-quarters of the non-tidal section of the Delaware River.

The West Branch, East Branch and the Upper Main Stem are generally what is referred to as the Upper Delaware River System. To learn more about this part of the river click here