2 Hour Family Float
If you are a first timer, have small children, or just want to experience a scenic section of Delaware River without being stuck out there all day, I would recommend the 4 mile river trip from Eshback Access to Buskill Access. This trip is only 4 miles but takes about 2 hours to float. We frequently take the kids on this trip and spend the entire day fishing, swimming and floating down the river in our life jackets. We have seen lots of people fishing this stretch of river with lots of luck because of the streams that enter the river here and lots of deep channels.
In the months of July and August, the water becomes warm and clear. You can stand in water up to your chin and see your feet! This pristine river is protected all the way to its headwaters in the Catskill Mountains. May 1st is official start of the boating season, and depending on water levels the trip varies in length, so you will want to check with a local Outfitter for current river conditions before you set out. Foliage is best in October, and the close of the season is the end of October depending on the weather.
Chances are you will need to rent a canoe, kayak or raft for your adventure. Edge of the Woods Outfitters has a location in the Bushkill Area that is just a few miles away from these river access points. They encourage you to take as long as you like to enjoy this section of river. If you have your own boat, they can help you portage your boat upstream. Also, the Park Service Offers a free shuttle that offers portage for boats and bikes on summer weekends.
In addition to the great scenery, this section of river offers frequent sightings of Bald Eagles, Hawks, Blue Herons, Geese, and Swans. I spotted a family of bears swimming in there river here, I have also seen lots of Deer and Fox on the shoreline. Lots of great places to stop and swim, picnic, and fish. It is only minutes away from Bushkill Falls and lots of other waterfall areas in the National Park.
The Joseph McDade Trail also runs through these access points. So, you can spend the day biking along the river on this beautiful, flat bike trail.
Best Access Points
You will need to be shuttled upstream to complete this trip. Look for an outfitter that offers free parking and they will drive you both ways from their location.