The history of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River parallels the story of American immigration, settlement, trade, and industrialization.
People have inhabited the river valley for at least 10,000 years. Woodland Indians farmed here 3,000 years ago. Minsi Indians greeted the Dutch traders who passed through in the early 1600s. Swedes and Connecticut Yankees settled in the rolling hills, followed by Irish railroad builders and German farmers.
Designed in 1847 by John Roebling, the architect who would later build the Brooklyn Bridge, the Delaware Aqueduct is America’s oldest wire cable suspension bridge and a civil engineering marvel.
You can think about all that—or nothing at all—as you float down this gorgeous river. Feel the cool breeze off the water tickle your skin. Watch the skies for a bald eagle soaring on the rising thermals.
The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River offers relaxation for those who seek a respite from the city, and excitement for those who enjoy fishing, hiking, hunting, boating, canoeing, and all manner of water sports.
Bring along a good book, maybe something by Zane Grey? He lived and wrote here for many years, including descriptions of his fishing trips to the Upper Delaware in many of his popular novels.