Sussex County Chamber

Mandatory Lifejacket, No Swimming at Delaware Water Gap

Due to hazardous conditions related to high water, Park Rangers at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area would like to remind park visitors that wearing a properly fitted, United States Coast Guard-approved lifejacket is currently mandatory for everyone recreating on the Delaware River 

Swimming is also prohibited in the river through the weekend (JULY 27-29).

The National Park Service wants everyone to be safe on and near the river whether they are fishing, boating, paddling, or swimming. Wearing a life jacket is the one thing that people can do to give them the best chance at surviving a sudden, unexpected fall into the water. And it is the law.

“Mandatory wear” regulations are in effect in the park anytime the river level at the Montague, NJ gauge reads 8’ or higher and swimming is prohibited whenever hazardous conditions exist, regardless of the river level. The NPS closes the river corridor and all access points when the river level reaches 15’. Higher water levels bring stronger and faster currents, colder water temperatures, lower visibility, and increased debris in the water. As of 1 pm on Thursday, July 26, the river level at Montague was recorded at 9.7 feet which is 4 to 5 vertical feet higher than average for this time of year. It is expected to crest on Friday at just over 11 feet.

No river closures are expected at this time but water levels are expected to remain high through the weekend.