Local Rivers and Creeks

Delaware River - East and West Branchs

Description:

There are two branchs and four sections covered here, two sections on each branch.
Although both branchs head up in Schoharie and Delaware countries they do not meet until
their confluence at Hancock, NY forming the main body of the Delaware (footnote) river.

The east branch flows through Roxburg, Halcottsville, and Margaretville before supplying water
to the Pepacton reservoir. Exiting the reservoir it flows through Downsville, Shinhopple, and
Harvard ending at Hancock, NY.

The west branch flows through Stamford, South Kortright, Bloomville, East Delhi, Delhi, and
Walton before entering the Cannonsville reservoir. It exits the reservoir to flow through
Deposit and on to Hancock. The Delaware River itself is well written up in various publications, for example:
"Canoeing the Delware River - A Guide to the River and Shore" by Gary Letcher and is
not covered here.

Delaware River - East Branch

Section Difficulty Dist Time Scenery Page
Roxburg to Margaretville3*+ 11 miles 3 hrs.? very 50 -
Trip Description:
The trip from Roxburg to Margaretville is is best left to the experienced paddler. As the river
is narrow it requires one skilled in handling a small creek kayak or canoe.
Access:
In: The best access for Delaware river near Roxburg is at Rt.30 and ..
Access Map

Out: Exit at Margaretville at across from the ... school. Access Map

Hazards: Water Conditions: Gauge: Gauge at Margaretville .... should read .... or the gauge at
Roxbury should read .......
Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Downsville to Harvard 1* 12 miles 4hrs.? very good 40 -
Trip Description:
Bends and current make it a fast fun run. Dam releases add water during the summer when otherwise this section would not be runnable.

Access

In: Enter at the .............................. Access Map

Out: Exit at the Fireman's field in Hancock. Access Map

Hazards: Some strainers maybe be encountered, particularly on the river bends.


Water Conditions: Runnable Spring or Fall and after heavy rain.


Gauge: Gauge at Harvard should read about 4.0 ft.


Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Harvard to Hancock 1* 21 miles 6 hrs.? very 49 +
Trip Description:
A good section to paddle. Bends and current make it a fast fun run.


Access:
In: Enter at the ............. Access Map Out: Exit at the Fireman's field in Hancock. Access Map

Hazards: Some strainers maybe be encountered, particularly on the sharp river bends.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring or Fall and after heavy rain.

Gauge: Gauge at Harvard should read about 4.0 ft.



Delaware River - West Branch

Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Delhi to Walton 1-2* 19 miles 6 good 49-50
Trip Description:
A fun section to paddle. Bends and current make for a fun and fast run. Access:
In: In Delhi .................................. Access Map

Out: Exit east of Walton at a rest area on the north side of the river. Access Map

Hazards: May be strainers on outside river bends.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring and Fall or after heavy rain.
Gauge: Gauge at Delhi should read about 3.0 ft or the gauge at Walton ......

Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Deposit to Hancock 0 - 1 16 miles 4.5 hrs. good 49 + 34
Trip Description:
A flatter section to paddle. Slow current makes it an introduction to river paddling for the
paddler with some experience. Expect some rough water just up river from Hancock.

Access:
In: In Deposit at the fishing access on ... Access Map

Out: Exit iver. Access Map

Hazards: Drift boats are a common here, watch for fly fishermen and their fishing lines.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring and Fall or after heavy rain.

Gauge: Gauge at Hale Eddy should read 3.2 ft. or better.

footnote: Delaware: the Indian name for this river was Lenapewihittuck, "river of the Lenage" and
Kit-hanne, "great stream". Some give "Kik-hit-tuk "great river".

The name Delaware is derived from that of the Governor of the English Colony at Jamestown,
Lord De la Warre, 1610.

In the first Indian Deed to Willian Penn, 1682,is "River Dellaware, alias Makeriskhickon"

(Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania by Donehoo. Published by Gateway Press 1997)

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Revisions: Feb. 2005 May 2008 Feb. 2010