River Runner. Delaware Water Gap / Dingman's Boat Launch

This shuttle, sponsored by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, provides access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area's three Pennsylvania river access points, numerous trailheads as well as Shawnee Inn, Villa's at Fernwood, Shawnee Playhouse, downtown Delaware Water Gap, to just name a few. There is no service to Milford Beach Boat Launch in 2022. Service starts Saturday, May 28, 2022 and continues each Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, September 5, 2022. Includes Memorial Day (May 30th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 5th).

Click on the links below for the shuttle schedules.

River Runner - North
Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride to Dingman's Boat Launch

Effective May 28, 2022

Fun Fact: The Delaware River flows SOUTH from Milford to Delaware Water Gap
(then on to Philadelphia and the Atlantic Ocean).
Use this schedule for portage North to float back to your starting point.


thumb_up = River Access || thumb_down = NO River Access

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Delaware Water Gap / PnR thumb_down place 8:00 AM 9:00 AM - 11:40 AM -
Shawnee Inn thumb_down 8:09 AM 9:09 AM - 11:49 AM -
Smithfield Beach thumb_up place 8:20 AM 9:20 AM 10:20 AM 12:00 PM 12:20 PM
Buskill Access thumb_up place 8:50 AM 9:50 AM 10:50 AM - 12:50 PM
Dingmans Access thumb_up place 9:20 AM 10:20 AM 11:20 AM - 1:20 PM

  1. Kittatinny Note: If parking at Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride, secure your equiptment at Kittatinny and take the Hiker Shuttle back.
  2. Shawnee Inn river access is for Inn guests only. A private company operates from this access point and it is not open to the general public.

River Runner - South
Milford Beach to Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride

Effective May 28, 2022


thumb_up = River Access || thumb_down = NO River Access

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Dingmans Access thumb_up 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Buskill Access thumb_up 9:50 AM 10:50 AM 11:50 AM - 1:50 PM
Smithfield Beach thumb_up 10:17 AM 11:17 AM 12:17 PM 12:00 PM 2:17 PM
Shawnee Inn thumb_down - 11:27 AM - 12:11 PM 2:27 PM
Delaware Water Gap / PnR thumb_down - 11:34 AM - 12:18 PM 2:34 PM

  1. Shawnee Inn river access is for Inn guests only. A private company operates from this access point and it is not open to the general public.
  2. Kittatinny Note: If parking at Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride, secure your equiptment at Kittatinny and take the Hiker Shuttle back.

Water Gap Hiker Shuttles. Delaware Water Gap / Kittatinny Visitors Center / Lake Lenape Trailhead & Raymondskill Falls / North Contact Station

Water Gap Hiker Shuttle. Provides service between Kittatinny Visitors Center, Dunnfield Creek Trailhead, Lake Lenape Trailhead, and Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride. This service starts May 7, 2022 and continues on through September 25, 2022. There is no trailer / boat portage service on this route.1

New in '22 - Raymondskill Hiker Shuttle! This free shuttle provides access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area between Raymondskill Falls (where there is very little parking) to the North Contact Station (which has available parking). The shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Service starts Saturday, May 28, 2022 and continues each Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, September 5, 2022. Includes Memorial Day (May 30th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 5th).

Click on the link below for the shuttle schedule.

1What? No kayak and canoe portage service? Why? Click here.


Water Gap Hiker Shuttle
Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride / Kittitanny Visitors Center / Dunnfield Creek / Lake Lenape (Mt. Minisi)

Effective May 7, 2022


There is no trailer / boat portage service on this route.

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Delaware Water Gap / PnRplace 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM
Kittatinny Point place 10:05 AM 10:35 AM 11:05 AM 11:35 AM 12:05 PM 12:35 PM 1:05 PM 2:05 PM 2:35 PM 3:05 PM 3:35 PM 4:05 PM 4:35 PM 5:05 PM 5:35 PM
Dunnfield Creek place 10:10 AM 10:40 AM 11:10 AM 11:40 AM 12:10 PM 12:40 PM 1:10 PM 2:10 PM 2:40 PM 3:10 PM 3:40 PM 4:10 PM 4:40 PM 5:10 PM 5:40 PM
Lake Lenape / Mountain Road / DWG place 10:20 AM 10:50 AM 11:20 AM 11:50 AM 12:20 PM 12:50 PM 1:20 PM 2:20 PM 2:50 PM 3:20 PM 3:50 PM 4:20 PM 4:50 PM 5:20 PM 5:50 PM
Delaware Water Gap / PnR place 10:25 AM 10:55 AM 11:25 AM 11:55 AM 12:25 PM 12:55 PM 1:25 PM 2:25 PM 2:55 PM 3:25 PM 3:55 PM 4:25 PM 4:55 PM 5:25 PM 5:55 PM

Raymondskill Falls Hiker Shuttle
North Contact Station / Raymondskill Falls

Effective May 28, 2022


There is no trailer / boat portage service on this route.

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

North Contact Stationplace 10:00 AM 10:20 AM 10:40 AM 11:00 AM 11:20 AM 11:40 AM 12:00 PM 12:20 PM 12:40 PM 1:00 PM 1:20 PM 1:40 PM 2:00 PM 2:20 PM 2:40 PM 3:00 PM
Raymonskill Falls place 10:10 AM 10:30 AM 10:50 AM 11:10 AM 11:30 AM 11:50 AM 12:10 PM 12:30 PM 12:50 PM 1:10 PM 1:30 PM 1:50 PM 2:10 PM 2:30 PM 2:50 PM 3:10 PM
North Contact Stationplace 10:20 AM 10:40 AM 11:00 AM 11:20 AM 11:40 AM 12:00 PM 12:20 PM 12:40 PM 1:00 PM 1:20 PM 1:40 PM 2:00 PM 2:20 PM 2:40 PM 3:00 PM 3:20 PM

Connector Shuttle. MCTA / Stroudsburg / Delaware Water Gap & Milford

This shuttle provides access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area starting at MCTA, then Stroudsburg High School Parking Lot by the Stroudsburg Park / Pool, Martz Bus Terminal in Delaware Water Gap and then on to the Park and Ride in Delaware Water Gap. One bus proceeds up to Milford Borough. Service starts May 7, 2022 and goes through September 28, 2022. All other dates start May 28, 2022 and go through September 5, 2022. Includes Memorial Day (May 30th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 5th). Returning in '22 Service now available between Stroudsburg and Milford.

Click on the links below for the shuttle schedules.

Connector Shuttle - East
MCTA / Stroudsburg / Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride / Milford Borough

Effective May 7, 2022


Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Row highlighted in GREEN starts May 7, 2022 and goes through September 28, 2022. All other dates start May 28, 2022 and go through September 5, 2022.

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River RunnerRiver Runner &
Raymondskill Falls
Shuttles
DWG Hiker Shuttle
MCTA 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:30 AM
Stroudsburg High School 7:45 AM 8:45 AM 9:45 AM
Martz Terminal DWG 7:55 AM 8:55 AM 9:55 AM
Delaware Water Gap / PnR place 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
Milford Borough - 9:45 AM -

Connector Shuttle - West
Milford Borough / DWG Park and Ride / Stroudsburg / Swiftwater

Effective May 7, 2022


Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Row highlighted in GREEN starts May 7, 2022 and goes through September 28, 2022. All other dates start May 28, 2022 and go through September 5, 2022.

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River RunnerRiver RunnerRaymondskill Falls
Shuttle
DWG Hiker Shuttle
Milford Borough - - 3:45 PM -
Delaware Water Gap / PnR place 12:20 PM 2:40 PM 4:30 PM 5:55 PM
Martz Terminal DWG 12:25 PM 2:45 PM 4:35 PM 6:00 PM
Stroudsburg High School 12:35 PM 2:55 PM 4:45 PM 6:10 PM
MCTA 12:50 PM 3:10 PM 5:00 PM 6:25 PM

River Runner Alerts

Check here for updates for the River Runner buses.


About the River Runner Shuttle

About the Program

MCTA has partnered with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area for the past nine years to provide free public bus service along the Pennsylvania side of the river. The River Runner is a free weekend shuttle with boat and bicycle portage between Memorial Day and Labor Day from Stroudsburg, PA area to Milford, PA and back.

Contact Information

MethodLink
Phone(570) 243-3400
Emailtrip@gomcta.com
FacebookTransit in the Park

How to Ride

The River Runner is free to board. Pick the location you'd like to board and your destination using the schedule and map above. Be at the stop about 5 to 10 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive, with your gear ready to load. MCTA can transport bicyles, canoes, kayaks, children (who may be properly behaved), and dogs (who are properly behaved). Passengers are required to load and secure their belongings, MCTA operators will check the equipment to ensure it is properly stowed.

Putting equipment on the trailer takes some time. There will be times the bus is late. We apologize in advance, but please be aware that this may happen.

Coming with a large group (10 or more people)? Please call ahead to let us know so we can be properly prepared.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. And there is no service on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday either, unless it is Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day.

No. However, you may contact livery services such as Dingmans Campground, Kittatinny Canoes, Edge of the Woods Outfitters, Chamberlain Canoes, Adventure Sport, or other outfitters who may transport you for a fee.

No, MCTA provides the straps. You secure your boat using the provided tie down straps. The bus operator will assist you and inspect (and fix, if necessary) before pulling away.

Float down the River

The Delaware River flows south from Milford to Delaware Water Gap (and further south to the Atlantic Ocean). Most boaters select a stop down river of where they want to get on the river and use the River Runner North. They arrive back at their vehicle at the end of their float. Example: Park at Smithfield Beach, take the shuttle to Bushkill and float down to Smithfield.

Distance / Approximate Time on River*

*Times are approximate based on flow of river and assumes watercraft with paddles. Times do not apply to floats with tubes without paddles.

Small Craft Portage

Through 2018, MCTA transported thousands of kayaks and canoes up and down the Delaware River. Our free boat portage service is most helpful for those who use the river for boat recreation.

Our trailers are designed to haul up to 10 kayaks, canoes, and smaller inflatable craft, along with personal flotation devices, oars and paddles, coolers and camping equipment. If you have access to, and the ability to use the proper equipment, you can take a trip anywhere from 2 to 22 miles on the Delaware River.

The best part is that we take the chore of the relay vehicle. You park and load our bus and float back to your vehicle.

There is no portage service from Kittatinny up-river. As an alternative, we recommend the following: (1) Park at the Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride; (2) Take the River Runner north to your choice of stop; (3) Float back to Kittatinny; (4) Leave your boat(s) in a secure location; (5) Take your small gear on the Water Gap Hiker Shuttle back to the Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride and (6) Drive back to Kittatinny for your boat. Why was this change made? Crossing the Delaware with a trailer cost $13.50 per trip. By not attaching a trailer, we can afford to run more trips to reduce parking issues at Kittatinny and Dunnfield Creek.

Safe and Secure

All of our bus operators are specially trained to drive this route and have at least a CDL Class B license. Our trailer equipment is checked regularly throughout the season to ensure safe operation. Each vehicle is provided the proper maintanence to meet all state standards.

Current River Conditions

Gage height, feet: Loading

Discharge, cubic feet per second: Loading

Water Temperture: Loading

Reminder: the NPS requires every boater to have a personal flotation device.

Overnight River Trips

There are a limited number of overnight camping locations approved by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. You can use the River Runner for an extended overnight trip by parking at the Dingmans Boat Launch location and completing your trip at Smithfield Beach (or vice versa) on a weekend service. Be sure to check the schedule and be off the river to catch the shuttle back to your vehicle in time. Check the National Park Service for important information about camping along the river.

River Resources

Waterprooof river recreation mapsets are available for the Delaware River using this link to the Delaware River Basin Commission. Also, A Paddler's Guide to the Delaware River may be a useful book for those looking for the most information about the river. For an extended trip on the river, consider participating in the 2018 Delaware River Sojurn.

Find Other Adventures

Large Groups and Points North Note:

The trailer gets full, especially on gorgeous, sunny days. If you're coming from the north (e.g. Dingmans Ferry, Milford, Summit, NJ, upstate NY) and have a group of people AND water craft with you, consider doing this: drop your gear at your put-in point (with a few folks to watch it) and stage your relief vehicles at your take-out point. Use our shuttle to ferry the drivers back to your put-in point. Seats are always available on the shuttle for passengers, but limited space for boats on the trailer. We know everyone wants to ride the shuttle - that really is the highlight of our day, of course - but this movement will make your trip more enjoyable if you don't have to worry about having space on our trailer for your equipment.


Biking and Hiking along the Delaware River

The McDade Trail

The McDade Trail offers a unique view of the Delaware River and the surrounding area for the 30+ miles from Milford to Hialeah. Hiking and biking are acceptable uses of the crushed stone trail. Numerous small bridges span the gaps between gullies and small streams. Expansive views welcome vistors who make the journey to key locations.

Waterfalls and Other Gems

For the intrepid visitor, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area on the Pennsylvania side has a number of great places to visit, accessible by hiking or cycling. Dingman's Falls is one of the tallest on the US East Coast. Raymondskill Falls are tucked into an area known for its incredible views. A number of trailheads exist radiating perpendicular to the McDade Trail on the other side of US 209.

Dingmans Falls

Dunnfield Creek / Appalachian Trail

MCTA, in cooperation with Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Worthington State Forest, is providing service between Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride, Kittatinny Visitors Center, Dunnfield Creek (for the Mt. Tammany / Red Dot Trail), and Mountain Road in Delaware Water Gap, PA, for access to the Appalachian Trail at Mt. Minsi. After 10 AM on most summer weekends, parking lots at both locations are full. The Water Gap Hiker Shuttle will permit you to park your car in a safe place and provide you easy access to the trails at Dunnfield Creek and on Mt. Minsi. This shuttle will run every half hour between 10 AM and 5:30 PM, departing from the Park and Ride.

Dunnfield Creek

Wild and Scenic River System

50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic River System

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 (Public Law 90-542; 16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.) to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Act is notable for safeguarding the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for their appropriate use and development. It encourages river management that crosses political boundaries and promotes public participation in developing goals for river protection.

AT Crossing the Delaware River

Hiking Resources

There are so many possiblities when taking a hike in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area / Worthington State Forest. In addition to planning an extended over night hike on the Appalachian Trail, many day hikes from easy to difficult can be found. If you are a beginner hiker, you may find this resource from HobbyHelp useful or this one from Nature Sport Central.

Things to Do In Delaware Water Gap Borough

So you got to Dunnfield Creek and Kittatinny and there's no parking - you were given info about this great place to park and ride back over using the Pocono Pony. But you got there just as the shuttle left and now you want to know what to do. We've got the answer! Use this link for a map of I-80 Exit 310 recreation opportunities! Of course, it isn't the Red Dot Trail, but there is still a lot to discover!

Pennsylviania House Representative Rosemary Brown's Legislative Report

This video is a review of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Monroe County Transit Authority's services in Monroe and Pike Counties.


Transit in the Park 2022 Shuttles Map

Use this link to open a Google map of the shuttle routes