-- Last Updated: May-16-14 9:43 PM EST --
Four fellow P-netters and paddling friends: TommyC1(canoe), Gary F(canoe), Vincent B(inflatable kayak)and me Spiritboat-Bob(sit-in kayak)...4 days paddling with 3 nights camping. No portages along the longest undamned, most pristine, most popular river in the East.
We picked the right time to go--Far enough before Memorial Day, we chose weekdays only(no canoe/kayak/raft weekend liveries with their potential summer crowds to compete with;-.) We began at the Northern-most terminus main branch of the Delaware in Hancock NY, at the confluence of the river's east and west branches. We continued until the Mill Rift near Matamoras,PA.
A paddler's paradise, we saw only the occasional trout/shad fisherman(no motors allowed on the Upper Del)an abundance of wildlife, and paddled through a vast array of water texture...Long flat stretches of southward flowing flat current with moderate but challenging whitewater rapids aplenty.
Not to mention, loads of guy laughter around a campfire at night.
and Side B -- Note large snake sunning itself on rocks...Gary, "the Man who returned from the Netherworld" took all of these:
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Posted by: poleplant on May-16-14 11:19 AM (EST)
Thanks for the pics. Great trip. Haven't done it in a while.
Posted by: bzeka on May-16-14 12:02 PM (EST)
Just love the pics
next time you are there,|
Posted by: betmkaplan on May-16-14 2:11 PM (EST)
approx. 5 miles north of Narrowsburg river right, check out the Butterfly Barn if you haven't already been there. There is a giant maple tree, too.
I will...Sounds wonderful.|
Posted by: spiritboat on May-16-14 2:27 PM (EST)
Posted by: TommyC1 on May-16-14 2:38 PM (EST)
The weather forecast was dire but other than a diabolical headwind (Hal?) the weather was pretty nice.
Need some recommendations|
Posted by: mmulvey on May-16-14 3:18 PM (EST)
Planning on doing a 3-day, 2-night (perhaps a 3rd night if necessary) trip on the upper delaware. Looking for recommended put-in and take-out spots. Also recommendations on camping locations for a 2 person crowd (although 2 is company!). We are not adverse to camping on an island with ZERO amenities, except for driftwood for a fire.
Upper Delaware access|
Posted by: betmkaplan on May-16-14 4:17 PM (EST)
Posted by: TommyC1 on May-16-14 5:38 PM (EST)
We were hoping to poach some primitive(free)sites our first two nights.
More island with better tree coverage|
Posted by: spiritboat on May-16-14 6:11 PM (EST)
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on May-16-14 3:22 PM (EST)
I did that same route about 40 years ago when I was in Boy scouts. Maybe this time I'll paddle upstream and then back. Hate doing shuttles alone!
Even with all your great powers...|
Posted by: spiritboat on May-16-14 4:46 PM (EST)
and a great boat--You'll find paddling upstream extremely difficult for more than just a mile or so.
Posted by: TommyC1 on May-16-14 5:52 PM (EST)
We had a pretty good flow pushing us down and a moderately harsh headwind pushing us back up. Flags were flying! Bob and I both paddled upstream a few times and even with the wind assisting it was pretty tough going against the current in most places. It would be tougher in the rapids.
Posted by: spiritboat on May-16-14 6:07 PM (EST)
When I said "a mile or so," I really meant maybe a block or two. One can "play against the bank" in the flats--slipping in and out of eddy coves. But dodging up from behind rapid rocks, make the proposition a no-go.
Said in jest|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on May-16-14 10:38 PM (EST)
Posted by: spiritboat on May-18-14 6:36 AM (EST)
Upstream? Damn Boy, you be on steroids;-.
I was going downstream|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on May-18-14 11:29 PM (EST)
at that point. Best I could do was 3.0 mph in spurts going upstream. Flow ranged from 2.2 to 3.5 mph. I hit 8.9 going downstream at one point, but couldn't take a photo while I was paddling.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on May-16-14 6:13 PM (EST)
looks like a nice piece of water?
Posted by: seadart on May-17-14 4:27 PM (EST)
I was always plotting to do this when I lived close to the river in Bucks county, PA, but never got the time before I moved away.
Great trip footage|
Posted by: Belhade on May-21-14 11:15 AM (EST)
I love the Delaware River. I have a few work sites (Port Jervis, Narrowsburg, Callicoon) to get out there on occasion. I've done a weekender canoe trip back in my 20s with a few friends and several vices. Would love to re-do it sometime.
The inflatable is a Thrillseeker.|
Posted by: spiritboat on May-21-14 4:12 PM (EST)
re delaware paddle|
Posted by: sg6 on May-29-14 3:39 AM (EST)
I paddled with Gary several times on the Delaware, great guy, look forward to this summer at Kellums Bridge area.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on May-29-14 1:57 PM (EST)
I finally took some time to go through the photos. Looks like a neat place, very different from anything we have out here.