The outstanding natural, cultural, recreation and scenic resources of this part of the Delaware River led it to be designated the Middle Delaware River National Scenic and Recreational River. The Delaware River within this park is mostly flat and calm, perfect for family outings and for the canoeist and kayaker of any skill level.
The 1950s concrete span now linking PA Rt. 209 and NJ Rt. 206 is the fifth bridge over the Delaware at about this point, the first having replaced a ferry in 1826. (An old bridge pier still stands on the New
Jersey side across from Milford Beach.) The village of Montague NJ, terminus of 3 turnpikes, once lined Old Bridge and Old Mine Roads. Today, only fragments of the village remain and the once open vista from the village across fields and down to the river has filled in with trees.
Milford Beach Access is also a great place to look for wintering eagles. More information on this is available in this article: Wintering Eagles at the Gap .
There is no fee to enter Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. However, Expanded Amenity Fees are charged April through October at the following developed areas in the park.
Milford Beach (in Pennsylvania)
Dingmans Access (in Pennsylvania)
Bushkill Access (in Pennsylvania)
Smithfield Beach (in Pennsylvania)
Watergate Recreation Site (in New Jersey)
Turtle Beach (in New Jersey)
Expanded Amenity Fee Schedule
No fee is charged for those who are dropping off or picking up people from the river access ramps and those walking through Smithfield Beach on McDade Recreational Trail. Expanded Amenity Fees are not covered by America the Beautiful Annual Pass. However, holders of the America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes, and National Park Service Golden Age and Golden Access Passes are eligible for a 50% discount on the Expanded Amenity Fees.
Private vehicle (up to 7 persons): $7.00 per vehicle on a weekday
Private vehicle (up to 7 persons): $10.00 per vehicle on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday
Vehicles with 8 or more adults (age 16 or older): $1.00 per person
Pedestrian (age 16 or older): $1.00 per person
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Season Passes
Season passes can be purchased at park headquarters, Dingmans Falls Visitor Center, Kittatinny Point Visitor Center, staffed collection stations, or through the mail. Holders of the America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes and National Park Service Golden Age and Golden Access Passes are eligible for a 50% discount on season passes.
Season Pass: $45
A second Season Pass registered to the same name and address: $25
A third Season Pass registered to the same name and address: $12.50
Walk-In Season Pass: $10.00
For More Information
Call (570) 426-2434 for more information about fees and passes.