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Outdoor Recreation and Nature

Dingmans Falls in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Bushkill, Pennsylvania – Michael Pyle

The Delaware is the largest undammed river east of the Mississippi. The locals here do a great job protecting it, which benefits them, their visitors, and everyone downstream.

"The clear, cold mountain waters of the Catskill Delaware watershed are known as the “Birthplace of American fly fishing” and are unmatched anywhere. The Beaverkill, Willowemoc, East and West branches of the Delaware and the Delaware itself all have different characteristics which can keep any fly fisher challenged and engaged for life!

I’ll never forget the thrill I experienced with the first trout I caught on the Delaware: the wild rainbow ran into the backing on my fly reel on its first run. To this day, hatchery trout are not stocked in this river.

The abundance of aquatic insects in this watershed gave rise to the Catskill style of fly tying. Starting with Theodore Gordon in the 1890’s, many of the fly tiers, such as Harry and Elsie Darbee and Walt and Winnie Dette, became world famous, and a third generation Dette ties today."

~Joan Wulff, “The First Lady of Fly Fishing,” Co-founder Wulff School of Fly Fishing

“Boasting thick forests, rolling farmland, pristine lakes, flowing rivers, and charming towns, the Delaware Wilds is home to New Jersey’s quieter side. Whether you are hiking through the woods, biking down mountains, or paddling across lakes or downriver – visitors often just enjoy getting outside and breathing the fresh air. There’s always somewhere to go and something to do."

~ Corey Tierney, Administrator, Warren County Dept. of Land Preservation

"This area supplies crystal clean water for 16 million people downstream. The pristine, forested environment we have here filters the water. The Delaware River here is astonishingly clean and clear. When you float down – in a kayak, a canoe, a raft – you can see the rocky river bottom many feet below and the fish swimming by. You can see why it’s a popular destination for fishing."

~ Sue Currier, Delaware Highlands Conservancy