upper delaware river

Photo contributed by the NCSP
The National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP) started in 1979—a group of volunteer paddlers from area canoe clubs—and has doubled in membership since.

National Canoe Safety Patrol celebrates 40th season

One day in the middle of summer, 2012, Marc Magnus-Sharpe, his son John and his wife Sarah drove three hours from Ithaca to Sullivan County, as they did on so many days in so many summers, to paddle on the Delaware River.

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Commodore ‘Just Around the Bend’

Carla Hauser Hahn—then Carla Hauser—was a 26-year-old member of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1980, its first year of operation in the Upper Delaware area.

One day, while receiving training from the National Canoe Safety Patrol, her boss turned to her and said, “Carla, are you going on the river?”

Ken Bailey, who helped start the mentorship program within the NCSP. 

Dick Rhodes’s legacy of mentorship

Ken Bailey visited NCSP founding member Richard ‘Dick’ Rhodes just a week before he passed in 2012.

“He was all wired up and really hurting big time,” Bailey remembered. “But once I came in the house, it was as if he was right out on the river.”

Photos provided by Evan Padua

Brown Trout

The Upper Delaware Grand Slam

The Upper Delaware River flows between Hancock, where river’s Main Stem begins, and Sparrow Bush, NY. It also forms the boundary between New York and Pennsylvania. This distance is just over 70 river miles, and within this area, the fishing opportunities are close to endless.

TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox                                                                                                                     

Recording artist Mickey Barnett was persuaded to croon a song or two during the Sullivan County Museum’s First Sunday Music and History Program in Hurleyville, NY.


Spring forward, fall back

It’s that time of year again. As Old Man Winter considers taking a back seat, the weather vacillates, see-sawing from mild to wild. It’s below 30 as I write this, but we’re expecting near 60 by the time The River Reporter hits

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Early bird gets the bug

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) announces its 2019 catch-photograph-and-release team fishing event will be held April 26 to 28. Early-bird tickets for the annual fundraising banquet on April 26, which kicks off the river’s recreational season, are currently on sale until January 1, 2019 for $100.

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Sun chokes are native to the Northeast—giving them a special local connection—and are cultivated at Willow Wisp Farm in Damascus, PA.

Is there an Upper Delaware Cuisine?

If you are lucky enough to live or visit the Upper Delaware Valley, you are in the heartland of some of the best culinary delights in the Northeast. Local farm bounty affords the opportunity to taste a wide variety of goods, produce, seasonal vegetables, poultry, meats, dairy and local fresh trout.

TRR photos by Scott Rando

Painted turtles have a fitting name due to the colorful head and forelegs. This was a larger specimen, a carapace over six inches long, which I found in a cut-off pond next to the river. This is the species of turtles commonly seen in the region sunning themselves on logs and rocks on lakes and ponds.

Upper Delaware BioBlitz results

This year’s Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held on June 29 and 30 at the Gales Property, owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Starlight, Wayne County, PA. The 63.5-acre property is located on the PA side, just downstream from Hancock, NY.



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