Float down the River
Drive to the take-out point where you intend to finish your trip. Unload your vehicle at the shuttle stop, park your vehicle in the appropriate lot. Be ready to board at least 5 mintues before the shuttle is scheduled to arrive.
Load your craft on our trailer and secure with our tie down straps. The bus operator will re-check and tighten any tie down straps. Do not store items in your boat. All loose items can be stored on the bus or trailer. Please note the bus may be late and / or full.
Know where you're going. Tell the driver which stop you want to put-in the river. Disembark from the vehicle with all your items and watercraft. Don't leave anything behind. Remember the bus number, just in case...
Small Craft Portage
In 2017, MCTA transported over 1,900 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 trailer is refitted 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 30 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 (or vice-versa if your coming from the Milford area).
Portage service is not available directly from Kittatinny to points north for 2018. 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 $12 per trip. By not attaching a trailer, we can afford to run more trips to mitigate 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.
Navigating the River Runner Schedule is so easy, small children can do it.
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 Milford Beach location and completing your trip at Kittatinny Visitors Center (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.
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. For river height and flow rates check the National Weather Service / Delaware River / Water Gauge at Montauge, NJ.
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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 the 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.