SKINNERS FALLS– The Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) 30th Annual Family Raft Trip attracted 86 individuals to the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River on August 5 for a fast-moving trip buoyed by recent rainfalls that raised the river level to 7.5 feet.
The UDC organizes the public event with the goal of promoting awareness and stewardship of the river through direct contact with the recreational resource.
Rafters launched from the Skinners Falls campground base in the Town of Cochecton, NY and enjoyed a scenic 10-mile paddle under sunny skies to the Ten Mile River Access in the Town of Tusten, NY.
Lander’s River Trips provided the rafts, paddles, life vests, and shuttle transportation at the end.
The turnout included 67 adults and 19 children to take advantage of the livery’s discounted rates and the trip coordination provided by the UDC. Participants hailed from all over a vast tri-state area of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, with St. Petersburg, FL represented as well.
A number of cancellations were experienced due to intimidating river conditions on Saturday, but by Sunday morning’s trip, the Upper Delaware River was inviting again for rafters with mandatory life jacket usage, which is a consistent policy of the Upper Delaware Council for its participants.
The non-profit organization highlights a different section of the river each year for the family raft trip, which takes place on the first Sunday of August.
For more information on the UDC and its activities, please stop by the office at 211 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, NY, call (845) 252-3022, or visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org.