Photo: The last time the UDC Raft Trip paddled the six-mile stretch of the Delaware River from Staircase Access to Matamoras was in 2017, when the happy foursome of Linda Crews and David Williams from Marshalls Creek, PA, and Eunice and Robert Taylor from Milford, PA were among the 137 guests.
MATAMORAS, PA – The 33rd Annual Family Raft Trip sponsored by the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. will take place on Sunday, August 1. Public reservations are due by Friday, July 23.
The 2021 river section to be paddled is a scenic six-mile stretch from the Staircase Access in the Town of Lumberland, NY to Kittatinny Canoes’ Matamoras Base in Westfall Township, PA.
Kittatinny Canoes will provide the rafts, paddles, life jackets, safety instructions, and shuttle transportation.
Plan to arrive between 9-10 a.m. at 1147 Delaware Drive in Matamoras for parking and check-in. Guests will be shuttled up to the Staircase Access to launch.
The average length for this trip is 3.5 hours, depending on the river level, wind, and each group’s desired pace.
The UDC’s deeply-discounted group discount rate is $29 for ages 13 and up, and $19 for ages 4-12. Advance payment (cash or check) is requested by July 23 with the reservation to include complete contact information, all guest names, and the ages of any minor children under 18.
Minimum occupancy per raft is four people. Parties of less than four will be matched at the UDC’s discretion. Participants should be in good physical condition. Children must weigh a minimum of 40 lbs. and be able to swim.
For optimum safety, all UDC participants (children and adults) will be required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device when they are on the water for the duration of the trip.
Pack a picnic lunch and plenty of drinking water. Dress to get wet, wear sunscreen and foot protection, and avoid bringing valuables. Small coolers and waterproof bags for items such as cameras and keys may be tied into the raft.
The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) is a non-profit organization working since 1988 in partnership with the National Park Service to conserve the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River for the benefit of present and future generations.
Its members are the local New York towns and Pennsylvania townships which border on the river, as well as the State of New York, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Delaware River Basin Commission in a non-voting capacity.