Tubing on the Delaware River
Tubing can be dangerous!
Read disclaimer below.
Tubing Trips along the Delaware River in mid summer
are the best way to beat the summer heat. All you need
is an old tire tube, a life preserver, and a way back
to where you started from. I've enjoyed many tubing
expeditions down the Delaware River in my younger years,
but lately, my Jon Boat does just fine.
You shouldn't tube parts of
the river you're unfamiliar with because of dangerous
rapids and wig dams. Tubing alone isn't recommended,
especially in secluded sections of the river.
Also, you should never tube without a life preserver.
What would happen if your tube sprung a leak on
a sharp rock? You would have to walk to your pickup
area along the shore. At least with a life preserver,
you can float back. If you're tubing in the Delaware
Water Gap Recreation Area, the Rangers will not
let you in the water without one.
Perhaps the safest place to tube is the Delaware
Water Gap Recreation Area. The reduced river speed
limit, ban on personal water craft, and patrolled
waters make this a safer place to tube. Hundreds
of people tube this section of the river each
week. I enjoyed putting a tube in at Worthington
State Forest and floating to the visitor information
center on Interstate 80 (about 4 miles).
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