January 13, 2017

Park Service announces winter weather plan

BUSHKILL – The National Park Service announced that the 2017 winterization plan for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area includes keeping several visitor use sites open and closing others. 

“Plowing and treating the main roads through the park is a top priority when we have snow and ice,” said Superintendent John Donahue.  “Secondary roads, administrative buildings, and visitor use sites will be plowed after the main roads have been cleared and are safe for travel and may be closed temporarily in the interim.”

The following locations will remain open through the winter but may not be cleared of snow and ice immediately following a storm:  Blue Mountain Lakes, Smithfield Beach, Dingmans Access, Milford Beach, Point of Gap Overlook, and Millbrook Village.  The McDade Recreational Trail is accessible from Smithfield Beach, Milford Beach and Dingmans Access.

Sites that are closed for the remainder of the winter include: Bushkill Access, Eshback Access, Hialeah Picnic Area, George W. Childs Recreation Site, Dingmans Falls Visitor Center, Poxono Boat Launch, Turtle Beach, Van Campen Inn, Watergate Recreation Site, Namanock Recreation Site, Resort Point Overlook, Raymondskill Falls, Mountain Road (Buttermilk Falls), Kittatinny Point, and the dirt section of Old Mine Road south of Van Campen Inn.   The sites that are closed through the winter were selected based on factors including water supply systems requiring winterization, reduced custodial staff, and other priorities for snow and ice removal. 

In addition, Park Headquarters in Bushkill will be closed to visitors from January 17-22 while renovations are completed in the lobby and visitor information desk area. 

For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and site openings and closures, call park headquarters at (570) 426-2452, Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm; visit our website at  or follow us on Facebook at

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