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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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This park preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River and almost 70,000 acres of land along the river's New Jersey and Pennsylvania shores. At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through a scenic water gap in the Appalachian Mountains. Canoeing, camping, fishing, swimming, hiking; viewing wildlife, geologic features and natural scenery - all this and more await our visitors. The park includes historic Millbrook Village and several environmental education centers.

The recreation area was originally envisioned as lands surrounding the proposed Tocks Island Reservoir. Early planning, management and land acquisitions were accomplished amid much controversy over the dam project. In 1978, Congress designated the section of the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. In 1992 the Tocks Island Dam project was officially de-authorized.


  • September 1, 1965 - National Recreation Area
  • November 10, 1978 - National Scenic River


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