Boating on the Delaware River
Boating on the Upper Delaware River
can be an enjoyable adventure. However, because of swift
current and shallow water it can be very dangerous.
There are calm sections where a small boat can be used
without much difficulty but access is limited. The proper
equipment and operator skill is necessary to access
the trickier parts. Some will argue that a canoe is
the best vessel to navigate the Delaware. However, for
serious fishermen, nothing will replace the jetdrive
A 16' extra wide Jon Boat with a 40
hp jetdrive outboard is the perfect river vessel for
the Delaware. It has the power to blast through any
of the rapids and can do so in only a few inches of
water. The jetdrive intake only extends about 2"
beyond the bottom of the boat and its heavy duty housing
protects from the hidden rocks you may encounter.
Other recommended options are a custom
forward mounted steering wheel, a depth finder with
temperature and speed, and a bow mounted trolling motor.
The forward mount steering wheel is nice because it
gives the operator better visibility of under water
objects and also puts more weight in the front of the
boat making it possible to achieve plane at a lower
speed. Many will disagree with me on using a depth finder
as a navigational device. Personally, I wouldn't go on
the river without one. Although not 100% accurate, it
gives the operator a good idea of how deep the water is.
And last is the trolling motor. Again, many will tell
you how easy it is to bend the shaft on rocks. This
is true. However, for holding the boat still in the
current, it is essential to use an electric motor to
properly fish the Delaware.