River Runner. Delaware Water Gap / Milford Beach

This shuttle, sponsored by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, provides access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area's four 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. Service starts Saturday, May 26, 2018 and continues each Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, September 3, 2018. Includes Memorial Day (May 28th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 3rd).

Click on the links below for the shuttle schedules.

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

Effective May 26, 2018


= River Access || = NO River Access

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Delaware Water Gap / PnR 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 11:20 AM - - 12:20 PM 2:10 PM
Shawnee Inn 8:09 AM 9:09 AM 9:39 AM 10:09 AM 11:29 AM - - 12:29 PM 2:19 PM
Smithfield Beach 8:20 AM 9:20 AM 9:50 AM 10:20 AM 11:40 AM 11:50 AM 12:20 PM 12:40 PM 2:30 PM
Buskill Access 8:50 AM 9:50 AM 10:20 AM 10:50 AM 12:10 PM 12:20 PM 12:50 PM 1:10 PM 3:00 PM
Dingmans Access 9:20 AM 10:20 AM 10:50 AM 11:20 AM 12:40 PM 12:50 PM 1:20 PM 1:40 PM 3:30 PM
Milford Beach 9:40 AM 10:40 AM - - 1:00 PM - - 2:00 PM 3:50 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.

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

Effective May 26, 2018


= River Access || = NO River Access

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Milford Beach 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM - - - 1:10 PM 2:10 PM 4:00 PM
Dingmans Access 10:15 AM 10:50 AM 11:15 AM 11:20 AM 1:00 PM 1:20 PM 1:35 PM 2:35 PM 4:25 PM
Buskill Access 10:35 AM 11:10 AM 11:35 AM 11:40 AM 1:20 PM 1:40 PM 1:55 PM 2:55 PM 4:45 PM
Smithfield Beach 10:55 AM 11:30 AM 11:55 AM 12:00 PM 1:40 PM 2:00 PM 2:15 PM 3:15 PM 5:05 PM
Shawnee Inn 11:03 AM - 12:03 PM - - 2:08 PM 2:23 PM 3:23 PM 5:13 PM
Delaware Water Gap / PnR 11:10 AM - 12:10 PM - - 2:20 PM 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:20 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.

Water Gap Hiker Shuttle. Delaware Water Gap / Kittatinny Visitors Center / Dunnfield Creek

This shuttle provides access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Kittatinny Visitors Center, Dunnfield Creek Trailhead and Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride. The $1 fare is only collected when boarding at the Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride. There is no trailer / boat portage service on this route.1 Service starts Saturday, May 26, 2018 and continues each Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, September 3, 2018. Includes Memorial Day (May 28th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 3rd).

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

Effective May 26, 2018


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

The bus fare is $1.

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Delaware Water Gap / PnR 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM 1:00 PM 1:30 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 Visitors Center 10:10 AM 10:40 AM 11:10 AM 11:40 AM 12:10 PM 12:40 PM 1:10 PM 1:40 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
Dunnfield Creek 10:15 AM 10:45 AM 11:15 AM 11:45 AM 12:15 PM 12:45 PM 1:15 PM 1:45 PM 2:15 PM 2:45 PM 3:15 PM 3:45 PM 4:15 PM 4:45 PM 5:15 PM 5:45 PM
Delaware Water Gap / PnR 10:20 AM 10:50 AM 11:20 AM 11:50 AM 12:20 PM 12:50 PM 1:20 PM 1:50 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

Connector Shuttle. MCTA / Stroudsburg / Delaware Water Gap

This shuttle provides access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area starting at MCTA, then Stroudsburg High School Parking Lot (Dreher Ave side), Martz Bus Terminal in Delaware Water Gap and then on to the Park and Ride in Delaware Water Gap. Service starts Saturday, May 26, 2018 and continues each Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, September 3, 2018. Includes Memorial Day (May 28th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 3rd).

Click on the links below for the shuttle schedules.

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

Effective May 26, 2018


Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

MCTA 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM
Stroudsburg High School 7:45 AM 8:45 AM 9:15 AM 9:45 AM
Martz Terminal DWG 7:55 AM 8:55 AM 9:25 AM 9:55 AM
Delaware Water Gap / PnR 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM

Connector Shuttle - West
Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride / Stroudsburg / MCTA

Effective May 26, 2018


Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Delaware Water Gap / PnR 2:20 PM 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 6:20 PM
Martz Terminal DWG 2:25 PM 2:35 PM 3:35 PM 4:25 PM
Stroudsburg High School 2:35 PM 2:45 PM 3:45 PM 6:35 PM
MCTA 2:50 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 6:50 PM

River Runner Alerts

Check here for updates for the River Runner buses.


About the River Runner Shuttle

About the Program

MCTA has been partnering with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area for the past eight 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. 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.

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.

Kids reading a bus stop sign

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.

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

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.


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 increadible 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

New for 2018 MCTA, in cooperation with Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Worthington State Forest, is providing a new service between Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride, Kittatinny Visitors Center and Dunnfield Creek. 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. This shuttle will run every half hour between 10 AM and 5:30 PM, departing from the Park and Ride. The fare will be $1.00 per passenger only when boarding at Delaware Water Gap 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.


Transit in the Park 2018 Shuttle Maps

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



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