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Camping on the banks of the Delaware
River has brought many memorable experiences in my
life. I have vivid memories as a child going on our yearly
family camping trip. Today, I camp with my children
in the very same campsite. Below is a bunch of useful
links for camping along or near the Delaware River.
Watch out for those pesky BEARS!
Keep an eye on the weather!
In the northern parts of the river,
many areas are infested with black bears. Always keep
this in mind when storing food around the campsite.
Last summer, my future brother-in-law was taking his
afternoon nap when he was awaken by the sound of busting
glass. When getting up to investigate, he found a
large black bear had busted out the window of his
car and was sitting in the rear seat eating out of
his cooler. He was almost killed when he decided to open
the door and tell the bear to depart. The bear just
growled at him like a vicious dog then proceeded to
chase him around the campsite. After giving up on
him, the bear returned to the car and finished his
lunch. Bears that hang around campgrounds are not
afraid of people and will attack if provoked. Always
store your food in the trunk if possible.
Has it been raining the past few
days? Will it rain again in the next few days? These
are questions campers need to ask themselves before
camping on the banks of the Delaware. The river rises
very fast especially during a heavy thunderstorm.
And if the ground is already saturated, you could
be in danger of being swept away in floodwaters. This
is particularly important for people planning to camp
on one of the many islands in the Delaware River.
These islands are only a few feet above the water
level during normal conditions and can easily be submerged
during an overnight period. Also heavy rain upstream
could cause temporary flooding downstream even if
no rain had fallen in the area. MORE...
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