26 Nov 2013, 07:02
Thanks to the Save the Delaware Coalition for providing this DWGNRA for us,
around a free-flowing Delaware River, and not a reservoir that would have
inundated these beautiful lands and sites.\r\n\r\n"Never have so many owed
so much to so few." Winston Chruchill
16 Jul 2013, 13:54
In the 70s my friends Dad had access to a cabin called Camp Shadow which
sat on a high bluff (jersey side)right over the river just south of
Namanock Island. This island is the next one south of Minisink and is quite
large. About 5 miles south of rt.206 There used tobe a home on Old mine rd
on the left side which was our landmark to turn right down the dirt road
thru a thick forest. There were quite a few cabins in this area including
some in the field where the day use parking is now. Our cabin was just
uphill from 2-3 others that were right at a small clearing where we'd park
the cars.That clearing is still there north side of the ravine access for
launching canoes etc. Anyone else spend time at these cabins near Namanock
Island ? We will always be bitter about the Gov tearing down the cabins and
forever changing a wonderful summertime and winter time spot. I still go
back though and without the cabins it still has the magic of the old days.
It is now a picnic day use area.
24 Mar 2013, 13:35
I attended Boy Scout Camp Pahaquarra in 1963-64-65 with Troop 88 out of
Princeton, NJ. This was THE greatest Boy Scout camp in the world, bar
none.\r\nFrom canoe trips through the Delaware Water Gapo to groping around
in the old copper mines ( that were off limits, but heman, we were boys,
what do you expect ) My father William Breeze was one of the scoutmasters,
he was working at RCA at the time. I did a mile swim in the Delaware,
received my first aid, life saving, swimming, cooking, canoeing and rowing
merit badges. We learned how to track, ID animal and foliage life and
things that would stay with me the rest of my life. We moved to Los
Angeles in 1966 so I never saw the obliteration of Pahaquarra ( the camp
staff always said that wast he Native American term for "We Need Money" )
and I am glad I did not, as it brings sadness to me some 50 years later and
20 Aug 2012, 12:38
In 1956 I had the distinct privilege and good fortune to Name, develop and
create the largest public Northeastern Recreational Developments in the
United States, on which I built and created a Lake that I named BLUE
MOUNTAIN Lakes.This beautiful 10,000 acres of Virgin Mt. area, located
along the famous historic APPALACHIAN TRAIL. was better known as the Blue
Mountain range.\r\n\r\nDuring the CIVIL WAR the area was nationally
recognized as the most famous escape route by which Southern Negro Salves
could escape from their captivity from ruthless Southern Plantation
owners.\r\n \r\nNow after having been acquired by the United States
National Conservation Department it is internationally Known as THE BLUE
MOUNTAIN (Tocks Island) State Park,\r\n\r\n
08 Aug 2012, 14:41
looking for information about the many small cemeteries in the park- both
family and "public"
01 Jul 2012, 16:48
where is the best place can we go to cookout and swim with tubes or floats
at the delaware water gap
29 May 2012, 07:08
planning to bring my family for visiting scenic places within delaware
only for a day.can u please guide me on which locations should i be
visiting and the exact route i would need to take coming from central nj
08 May 2012, 14:37
Heya terrific article , Many thanks giving these details
01 May 2012, 16:35
My grandparents owned a cabin on the Delaware River (what is now called the
Delaware Water Gap)from the 50's up until 1972. My family moved to
California in the early sixties and I still remember with such great
fondness my summers spent back at their cabin on the Delaware--wood buring
stove, outhouse and all. My grandmother died in 1972 and my grandfather was
tired of the efforts to get rid of the private owners so he sold the
property knowing that without his wife, he probably would have no disire to
go anymore. I went back there the last time I was in New Jersey and tried
to locate where that cabin was. There are really no defining
characteristics, but the area is just so beautiful, the smells, the sights,
all of it. We used to have to wear our old sneakers in the water so that
we wouldn't slip and cut our feet on the slippery granite. There was an old
church near a bend in the river that we would walk down the Old Mine Road
to get to on a Sunday. There was a nearby farm that grew wheat and I
remember the rolled bales of hay and the old style silos. I couldn't find
where it had been. But the weir gate that I foundly remember swimming
around and crossing was still there. There was always a case of poison ivy
every summer. I just LOVE that place. Whenever I think of heaven, that is
the image I conjure in my mind.
29 Nov 2011, 05:11
Addendum to yesterday's post;Re: cabin camping.While not technically in the
gap,really the best cabin camping for this time of year is at Jenny Jump
State Forest.Bunks for 4-6 people per cabin with wood burning stoves.See
28 Nov 2011, 13:22
I too have been going to the Gap for over 50 years. I went to summer Boy
Scout Camp Pahaquarra in '65. To Eric Walsh(8/12/2010)I did not know about
the marker/monument at the AT trailhead in DWG,however the man's name was
Antoine Dutot (see:the Dutot museum in DWG Boro)I have heard many erroneous
stories regarding the train wreck over the years.The late Northampton
County historian James Wright who had a recurring column in the
Express(-Times)did a very informative story on the wreck.By the time I look
it up from my files and post a link here, you can probably Google it.Years
ago, I dove that spot with a diving club and all that remains to this day
are some remnants of a box car in less than 20' of water. I'm with you on
the church aspect-you can not feel closer to the creator than in the
natural world, either imagining how it was eons ago before humans or even
when the original native Americans lived there.To all who commented/asked
about camping;Michael R (10/28/08)& Jody (9/23/08)& Pat(4/15/09)
Worthington State Forest has the best (primitive) campsites
w/amenities(Toilets & showers)but are open April 1 to Dec 30.Stokes State
Forest is open year round and has both cabins(4/1-12/15 w/restrictions) &
enclosed lean-to's(year-round) with wood burning stoves(great for those
snowy winter nights)Regarding Delaware Family campground-very 'busy' &
crowded(also with small, close together cabins)only open 4/1-10/31)-On the
PA side of the DWGNRA is Dingmans Campground open all year at about $10.oo
more per night than Worth or Stokes.The other commercial campgrounds in the
area,IMHO are not worth mentioning.To: Kelly(4/17/08)& Debbie
Biase(4/4/08)YES there are 2 Buttermilk Falls (1 is on the PA side)the
spectacular one is just beyond Walpack Center(follow the road into & out of
W.C & you'll find it) It has a marvellous staircase, built by volunteers
that will take you to the top of the falls. You'll need to be in pretty
good shape for this climb!For a treat, attend a meeting of the Walpack
historical Society some Sunday. To: Doug (7/09/08)Re: Tillman Ravine, don't
miss a visit to the tea cup in summer, especially if you have little ones &
have their bathing suits ready!Finally, The Van Campen Inn, along Old Mine
Road is open on Sundays in the summer and Oct.15th is Van Campen Day with
costumed period re-enactors,soldiers, music, food and guided tours and
hikes. It's absolutely fantastic to see how this bldg. was completely
restored. Unfortunately, due to storm damage, VC day was cancelled for
2011. Hope to see you there next year.I'd be glad to discuss,reminisce or
engage in any other activity within the Gap with like-minded individuals.
Just leave a message here.
27 Nov 2011, 17:05
Pls provide information/ contact on leasing cliff park inn. Thanks
15 Sep 2011, 08:22
can you give me some information about kayaking in the blue mountian area
Reading was told to be a good place but were , I have a recreational boat.
thank you . John
27 Jul 2011, 12:00
hello, i travel this rd from milford bridge, daily. i feel it is a 'time
warp', but have never been 'afaid'. there is an 'energy' there for sure.
the cemetary (the one i visit), i leave a few little things for the child
buried there. its peaceful and serene, peace~
16 May 2011, 14:54
i plan to bring my family for visiting scenic places within delaware only
for a day.can u please guide me on which locations should i be visiting and
the exact route i would need to take
24 Aug 2010, 06:39
QUOTE:Jasmine\r\n21 May 2010, 06:52 \r\nare you all tree huggers??
\r\n\r\nIs that not a good thing these days? Most of us are just good
people who want to preserve this great land of ours. Looking forward to
some hiking & fishing in the Gap.
12 Aug 2010, 19:36
I live in cherry valley which is right along the park. I fish and hike the
river and appallachian trail for the last 30 years and one thing people
dont mention is that the town of water gap was founded by a man by the name
of Antion Tutot who escaped the slave insurection in Haiti in the 1750's
and settled in the Gap and started a settlement called Tutotesville.He
built a school, homes, market, and the roads after his death-He is buried
in the gap and there is a monument that tells the story of his life-at the
head of the AT in the gap.I hike the trail 3 to4 days a week year round
with my dogs and I think of it as my church Eric Ps right in the point of
the gap a train derailed many years ago and the railroad cars are stil
there in 50 to 60 ft of water great spot to fish,also right under the toll
bridge-for small mouths. Enjoy & see you there.
02 Aug 2010, 10:23
I'd like some information on the leasing program. Is it still in effect,
and what would a private resident have to do to get a lease. Also, what
types of properties are available for lease?\r\n\r\nPlease respond
privately to the email above.\r\n\r\nThank you,\r\nAllison
19 Jul 2010, 13:16
I am interested in fishing guide services for the Delaware Water Gap area.
Would like to do some smallmouth bass fishing. Any recommendations would
06 Jul 2010, 06:32
where is the best place for a family to spend the day for swimming?
23 May 2010, 17:46
It is truly amazing to think of all the people who have come through this
area over the course of thousands of years. I am honored to say that I live
less than 15 minutes away from Millbrook Village, yet every time I make it
up the hill that leads to the valley below I get chills up my spine knowing
the rich history and beauty that lies in wait. Over the years I have
befriended countless people from all walks of life who share a deep love
for this magic place.\r\n\r\nIf you are visiting the area please enjoy
yourself but be respectful of the area and others around you. If you and
your party come here and act like a bunch of ignorant, destructive loud
mouthes just looking to break stuff and litter you will run in to some
"locals" like myself ( well, "regulars" is more like it :) who will teach
you a lesson you won't soon forget. Such jerks have in the past had their
cars broken into, keyed, even flipped over (not that I had anything to do
with that of course!) A few have even left with black eyes and soar jaw
bones as souvenirs. And if we don't get you, the ghosts of the valley will!
\r\n\r\nHowever, if you are cool, we will be more than happy to share what
we know about the area with you, maybe even show you a few of our secret
spots if we really like you. We are like a family, and the valley is like a
second home to us. Do drop in sometime. Bring some bud and beer, but don't
21 May 2010, 06:52
are you all tree huggers??
17 May 2010, 14:28
hello!i'm actually doing a project on this park and it will be very helpful
if you can tell if your vist here was a compelete happy vaction or a toally
nightmare.thank you this is a school project.i would also like if you could
tell me how this has avitestement[sorry if my spelling is wrong]has
avitestes you.thank you again...
10 May 2010, 05:45
luv all the animals
19 Feb 2010, 10:21
what are human impacts at the thing
05 Feb 2010, 12:44
jimmy from your pic it looks like a shad
10 Dec 2009, 18:35
GPS Coordinates sorry I missed spelled that
10 Dec 2009, 18:28
I was wondering if anyone has the GPS cordinance for any of the Indian
sites in NJ.
ralph a. applegate
21 Oct 2009, 21:58
I am interested in all or anything, especially history of French and Indian
18 Oct 2009, 12:24
heres a picture of it\r\n\r\nhttp://i36.tinypic.com/oi9h1h.jpg
18 Oct 2009, 12:18
can someone please tell me all the fish that run in the delaware. I caught
a fish this weekend and not sure what it is. Has the body color and scales
of a carp, but the head and mouth was big and round.. not like a trout or
bass. Any ideas? thanx!
01 Oct 2009, 09:01
I've been visiting the Water Gap since 1975. seen changes over time. all of
them good. hiked most of the park with my late wife. Don't think i would
enjoy vacationing any where else. Been all over the country. Live in south
jersey and always thinking about great times in the Gap. anyone reading
this who has not been there- GO!!!
Hector H. Suarez
28 Aug 2009, 08:28
I've just came from the Dealware Gap and I love it!
30 Apr 2009, 16:34
Hello\r\n\r\nAre there any ecosystems similar to the delaware water gap
national recreation area? Please answer back anyone\r\n\r\nthank you
24 Apr 2009, 11:50
planning to go to the del water gap early sunday morning..wondering if dogs
are allowed?.. to me its the most important piece of info missing... i love
to go places where my boy can spend time as well...
15 Apr 2009, 16:45
the gap is open year round campsites are available from memorial day till
06 Apr 2009, 16:54
Can you tell me when will del water gap open?
25 Mar 2009, 21:31
what is the story w black bears here?are they all over?dangers?what is the
chance of seeing one?im new ,thanks
17 Mar 2009, 09:47
PLEASE reopen the boat launch at the gap.
10 Dec 2008, 13:09
the route I believe is route 615. it runs along little flatbrook. Yhey
closed all the bridges that cross flatbrook along the river just wondering
why thanks all
10 Dec 2008, 13:03
I was wondering if anyone knows why the bridges along I believe rote are
now closed. it is the road that goes through a small town called layton.
About ten miles north of the walpack Inn. Any info would be helpful. I
used to walk across those bridges to hike,hunt and fish\r\n\r\nThanks
18 Nov 2008, 12:01
I was doing a report and this was good help.
28 Oct 2008, 11:36
Im looking for a cabin for mid november in the area of the Gap. looks
like all the state parks with them have just closed them. A Privatly owned
one would be fine.\r\n Any recommendations?
26 Oct 2008, 11:13
Is it Isaac Van Campen or Abraham Van Campen? Both appear in above text.
21 Oct 2008, 12:56
The louvers on the windows of many of the houses in the park are to allow
for air flow to prevent mold growth and better preservation while allowing
protection from vandals.
01 Oct 2008, 18:07
PLEASE reopen the boat launch at the gap. This is one of the best places
to fish on the river. Some years ago the state stocked walleye and they
are reproducing. It's a shame everyone can't enjoy this natural treasure.
By the way I saw 2 beautiful black bears (Mother and cub) on monday along
old mine road. That was something.
23 Sep 2008, 00:57
For some great trout fishing, try RT191 in PA around Analomink. There's a
great fishin stream there, but, i beleive part of it is owned by a fishing
club. Haven't been there in many yrs., so I can't give exact location,but,
ask around. Seek & you shall find!! Good Luck!!
23 Sep 2008, 00:46
I LOVE the Gap. Been going there for over 40 yrs. If you're new at camping
& have kids &,or pets, the best place to go is the Delaware River Family
Campground. They have everything you need there.Located right on the river
in Delaware,NJ, on RT.46. Next to Marshall's Farm Market.Lots to do there.
There's also a great place for shad fishing on RT.46.It used to be called
King Cole Grove(a burger place/bar),But, I think they closed it down.But,
you can still park there and walk down to the river & fish! They actually
put picnic tables right in the river,and fish for shad with those bow &
arrow fishing poles.They only do it a certain time of year. I'm not sure if
it's Spring or Fall. Never did it, but, it looks like fun!And, all this is
only about 10 mins. drive to Old Copper Mine Road.Last exit in NJ,on RT.80,
before toll bridge into PA.I know many great spots off that rd. But, if I
tell you, that would take all the fun & adventure out of it. Go explore.
Like I said, been going for 40 sumpin'yrs.& I'm still finding new spots.OK,
one hint. Van Campens Glen.Hike the trail to the 1st&2nd water
falls.Absolutely beautiful any time of year.Some good trout fishing spots
down that road,too! Explore for yourself. Greatexperiences for kids.It'll
last a lifetime!! LOVE IT
30 Aug 2008, 11:14
Driving along Rte209 I noticed a house at about milepost 17.6 which has
louvers on the previous windows.\r\nWhat is that for? Is it a Bat haven?
26 Aug 2008, 06:41
Christy,\r\n\r\nYes, there is 1 big bathroom called the woods.
16 Aug 2008, 18:04
Are there any bathrooms
12 Aug 2008, 12:04
I grew up in Stroudsburg and my parents still live there. This summer, my
boyfriend introduced me to the joys of fishing and we are planning a trip
to the Pocono's soon. I would love to impress him with some awesome fishing
spots but I don't know where specifically?! If you guys can share with me
some of your favorite spots, I'd be so grateful! And I promise to keep them
a secret! Thanks!
10 Aug 2008, 15:59
i want to know about good fishing in the ares
02 Aug 2008, 13:05
Once again, when is the Van Campen house open?
01 Aug 2008, 09:28
Looking to take my family, wife and 4 kids campings at delaware water gap.
never went there before. Could anyone give me any info on where is a good
place to set up camp and be close to activities and what activities are
there? Thanks everyone!
22 Jul 2008, 17:21
looking to set up a tent and have a fun filled natural weekend. where can I
go around Old Mine Rd. Went there years ago when it was going to be
flooded. \r\nWant to stay the weekend but don't know the layout\r\nplease
09 Jul 2008, 13:14
Buttermilk Falls From town of Branchville take rt 206 west toward Milford
PA. Pass Stokes State forest headquarters. Make a left onto Strubble RD.
Follow signs for Tillmans Ravine. About 4 miles from rt206, Strubble Rd
\r\n Once you are on Strubble road, follow the signs for Tillmans Ravine
You will see two parking lots with the Tillmans Ravine sign in front.
Countinue on past them. You will come to a stop sign with a cemetery in
front. Make a Sharp left and follow the dirt road down. Parking is on the
right. FYI if you come to a green Steel bridge you went to far. \r\n
09 Jun 2008, 08:42
Uasia, the name? some of this may cause some eyebrows but here goes (for
the "National Park and Recreation Area" part of the name)...the short
version... Around the 70's,the gov't condemned the land and STOLE it from
the people to make Tock's Island Dam. The people fought it and a reporter
investigated and found the NJ/PA governors were in cahoots. The dam was
stopped, but what to do w/ all that land? Some was sold to private
companies, some is a national & state park. A few of the orginal owners I
knew, never got the land back. As for the Delaware Water Gap part. The
Delaware Indians lived there and Delaware River was a glacier that melted
and formed the gap.
23 May 2008, 14:39
who named it delaware water gap natinal area\r\n
17 May 2008, 08:00
I am bringing a group of sixty to the Water Gap. Where can I find
information about picnic areas and activities for teens and preteens.
27 Apr 2008, 19:12
Hello,\r\nI'm going fishing Wed. with my brother for the first time on the
delaware for shad. We love fishing. Please any good spots in NJ along the
river to fish. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciate it. Thanks
23 Apr 2008, 09:23
I've tried on a number of occasions over the past 2 weeks or more to talk
to someone regarding the use of an area in the park for a Corporate picnic.
There was always no answer. \r\n\r\nWe are trying to set up something for
our people coming from PA and the rest of our group from NJ to meet
somewhere in the middle and have the space and activities for all to
enjoy.\r\n\r\n\r\nWould someone please contact me at the number
below.\r\n\r\nThank you for your help in this matter!\r\n\r\nDiana
Thomas\r\nDun & Bradstreet, Inc.\r\n973.921.5744
23 Apr 2008, 07:18
Looking for a few good locations to do some quality trout fishing not to
crowdes, willing to walk to fish to get away from the crowds at the
Delaware Water Gap. If you have any suggestions please email me.
18 Apr 2008, 11:21
Thanks Kelly! This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for! I want to take my 2&1/2
yr old grandson...He'll love it & I didn't want to get lost & be driving
around for hours...Thank you so much! Have a FABULOUS weekend!\r\n
17 Apr 2008, 20:45
To Debbie Biase,\r\nR u looking 4 Buttermilk Falls Road? The is a small
waterfall there named Buttermilk Falls. I do not think there r any signs.
I just know where it is.I think it's in the town of "Shawnee on Delaware".
Which is next to the TOWN of Del water Gap. AND the TOWN is IN the Del
Water Gap Nat PArk. from NJ take 80 W. to the toll bridge,go to the 2nd
exit in PA, to Route 209 North exit( sorry dont no the exit #, they
changed um) go about 1 mile, I think there is a new light there. turn r
onto Buttermilk Falls Road. and the Falls is on the Left and sits back in.
There is a Shawnee Timeshare building and parking lot. U can park there,
They might have more info on the Falls.It does not look very big from the
17 Apr 2008, 07:20
Thanks for all your help. I needed info on the Delaware river for my school
paper!! I got an A on it!
11 Apr 2008, 18:19
Good day, \r\n\r\nWhere is a field most of the amatuer astronomers
use?\r\n\r\nThanks for your help.
04 Apr 2008, 09:03
Where can I find the best road biking in the park?
04 Apr 2008, 06:29
Hi! I'm looking for directions to Buttermilk Falls in the Delaware Water
Gap National Recreation Arera alongside a gravel road south of Walpack
Center. I don't know the town it is in so I am having no luck with
mapquest. I live in Berkeley Hts (near Summit) NJ. Can anyone help?\r\n
03 Apr 2008, 16:17
what can you tell me about paint springs that lies within Worthington
30 Mar 2008, 11:15
I am looking for info on what fish and where they are on the Delaware
River. Are there any hot spots for smallmouth bass, muskies, etc., around
and south of the Gap? I kayak around Belvedere right now.
20 Mar 2008, 07:57
Good day,\r\nAre there any limitations regarding dogs on the
09 Mar 2008, 18:21
This is a question:\r\n\r\nWhen is the Van Campen House open to
10 Feb 2008, 20:12
Greetings\r\n\r\nIs there any information available about the TWO-PONDS -
Tumbling Waters Trail, Fossil Trail, and Sunrise Scenic George Trail? .
They appear to start at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, however
I canot find any of these on my maps.\r\n\r\nThank you