Recreation maps for the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers available

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The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) welcomes in the 2014 recreational paddling and boating season with a reminder that the Delaware River and Schuylkill River recreation maps are available for purchase from the commission.

The Delaware River map set is $25, and the Schuylkill River map set is $10. Purchase both sets together for $30, a savings of $5. All prices include N.J. sales tax and shipping/handling.

Published in 2007, the 10-section, waterproofed Delaware River recreation map set covers the river’s east and west branches prior to their confluence at Hancock, N.Y., the entire 200 mile, non-tidal reach of the river from Hancock to Trenton, N.J., and an additional 25 miles of the tidal river from Trenton to just south of the Betsy Ross Bridge (which connects Northeast Philadelphia, Pa. and Pennsauken, N.J.). The GIS-based maps depict river channel locations and depths, public access areas, stream miles and reference points, and provide a detailed classification of streamflow characteristics in accordance with the International Canoe Federation's Scale of River Difficulty.

The Schuylkill River recreation maps, a 10-section set published in 2003, cover portions of the Little Schuylkill River, West Branch Schuylkill River, and the main stem Schuylkill River from Port Clinton to the Delaware River in southeastern Pennsylvania. Full-color and waterproof, these river maps identify public access areas, International Canoe Federation/American Whitewater Affiliation-designated streamflow characteristics, areas of caution, dams and pools, and recreation opportunities.

The popular map sets are intended to serve as a general guide in exploring the many recreational activities offered on the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. While these maps show river depths and rapids’ classifications, it is important to remember that actual river conditions may vary. DRBC encourages paddlers to be aware of current weather and river conditions and always wear a personal flotation device (PFD).

Both recreation map sets can now be purchased online via PayPal or major credit card. Check or money order payments via mail are also accepted. For additional information, please visit DRBC’s web site at or call 609-883-9500. A portion of the proceeds will help fund the commission’s educational/outreach programs and activities.

The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the 13,539 square-mile Delaware River Basin without regard to political boundaries. The five commission members are the governors of the basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) and the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' North Atlantic Division, who represents the federal government.

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