A Paddler's Guide to the Delaware River
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    A treasure for all seasons -- New York Times

    Like having a personal guide on-board -- Amazon.com

The absolute go-to for a river trip -- NJSkylands.com

    Indispensible ... the definitive guidebook to paddling the Delaware -- Upper Delaware Council

    A bestseller in its first two editions, A Paddler's Guide to the Delaware River is an indispensible resource for anyone who wants to experience the Delaware in a kayak, canoe, raft or tube. The river comes alive as author Gary Letcher charts the non-tidal Delaware 200 miles from Hancock, New York, to Trenton, New Jersey, introducing some of the people, places, events and controversies that have marked the river from the earliest times to the present day. Completely revised, this third edition offers new and updated information for river novices, expert paddlers, and armchair adventurers alike:

-- The "River Guide" -- ten sections that can each be paddled in one day (about 20 miles), with a mile-by-mile account of rapids, access, natural features, historic sites, and other landmarks.

-- An overview of the river including watershed, history, place names, paddlecraft, safety, and fishing.

-- All new maps, with names for virtually every rapids, eddy, and other river feature, plus detailed diagrams for routes through the most severe white-water.

-- Highlights of the people, events, natural history, and communities that define the river experience, such as Tom Quick, infamous "avenger of the Delaware; the mysterious migration of eels; the battle over Tocks Island Dam; and many others.

-- More than 40 photos of Delaware River scenes, landmarks and history.

-- Appendixes of important contacts, outfitters and campgrounds, river trip checklists, and more.

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Example "river guide"  

           263.6. Enter Stairway Rift, Class I+ rapids over a sequence of three ledges. Rocky bluffs along the PA side vaguely configured as a giant staircase give this rapids its name. Best passage is to the left. Standing waves to 1½ feet foreshadow what’s to come around the next few bends.

            Stairway Rift begins the most exciting string of rapids on the Delaware. The next five miles will give canoeists, kayakers and rafters a wild ride though five Class I+ and II rapids, with only brief respites in the eddies between. Wear your PFD and do not take it off until the ride is over.

            NY Rt. 97 runs very close at the NY riverbank, here and there supported by remnant walls of the old Delaware & Hudson Canal.

            263.3. Stairway Brook enters, PA side, at the final ledge of the rapids

            263.2. Camping. Buckhorn Natural Area (Delaware State Forest, PA). Primitive camping by permit from the National Park Service.  The camping area is not marked and is hard to find from the river. Beach your boat on the riverbank just below Stairway Rift.

            263.1. Enter Knights Eddy, slow-moving water continues 0.8 mile. “Captain” John Knight was a well-known timber raftsman.

            262.5. Camping. Landers River Trips Knights Eddy campground, NY side: “primitive” tent sites and lean-tos for canoeists and kayakers – water and privies only.    

            262.3. Upstream end of Mongaup Island, a brushy gravel bar extending 0.2 mile. Stay right; the left channel will put you into the maw of an eel weir.

            262.1. There are Class I rapids in the channel to the right of Mongaup Island.           

          CAUTION! An eel weir nearly spans the river just below Mongaup Island. Stay as far right as possible, although shallow.

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