a series of short cascading falls along side large flat boulders

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Winter on the Delaware River

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three fisher people wading in the river and a rowboat

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looking up river towards Hancock, NY

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still river in the summer

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stark ariel photo of a boat with two fisherman

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Undammed

The main stem of the Delaware is the longest free-flowing (undammed) river east of the Mississippi. Tributary river flows are controlled by upstream reservoirs operated by the City of New York. Under a 1954 Decree signed by the United States Supreme Court, in times of normal precipitation and runoff, the average daily flow at the northernmost river gauge in Montague, New Jersey must be maintained at 1,750 cubic feet per second.

duck's view of the River
Photo Credit: David B. Soete
Did You Know?

Originally christened as “The New Swede Stream”, the Delaware River derived its name in honor of the Colonial Governor of Virginia, Thomas West, whose official title was Baron De La Warr.