January 30, 2019

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area resumes operations

BUSHKILL - With the enactment of the continuing resolution on January 25, staff at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will resume regular operations this week.  While park offices re-opened on Monday, it will take some time for employees to re-open other areas that would normally be accessible this time of year. 

“This week, our employees will be focused on picking up and collecting trash and clearing ice and snow from areas that were closed during the lapse in appropriations,” said Superintendent Sula Jacobs.   “The staff is thrilled to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to the park.  We just ask that people be patient as we work through the backlog and current weather conditions to get things up and running again.”

During the partial government shutdown, some areas of the park were closed due to unsafe conditions related to winter weather and the limited availability of staff to keep those areas safe and clear for visitors.  Parking lots, boat launches, pull offs, and some roads will take some time to clear and re-open because of ice and snow accumulation.  “It’s a good idea to check with the park before visiting to get the latest information on what is open and what is closed before making the trip,” said Jacobs.  “Our website,, is being updated, our Facebook page is back online at, and staff are once again answering the phones and greeting visitors at park headquarters to help visitors get the latest information and plan their visits.”  Park Headquarters, on River Road in Bushkill, PA, is open from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.  The information line at (570) 426-2452 is available during business hours.

A list of sites and facilities that will be closed for the winter months as part of normal park operations will be distributed later this week.

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