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Delaware River Canoeing Is a Relaxing Way to Spend the Day

There’s no denying the near-endless amount of opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Pocono Mountains. If you’ve never experienced Delaware River canoeing, add it to your to-do list this summer. The cool water, the adventure, and the amazing views are all great reasons to set out on this incredible excursion.

While planning your getaway to the Pocono Mountains, we recommend downloading our Delaware Highlands Vacation Guide. If you’re looking for options for canoeing in the Delaware River, and other outdoor recreation, you’ll get free tips on some of the best places to go. You will also be in-the-know about upcoming events, local restaurants to try, plus you’ll receive The Settlers Inn’s exclusive offers. Cut your planning time in half when you download our free Vacation Guide today!

Check Out Our Recommendations for the Best Delaware River Canoeing

Kittatinny Canoes

A great place to start your river adventure is with Kittatinny Canoes. Is this your maiden voyage? No problem. From calm waters to rapids, their experts will direct you on where to begin. Rates are per person and vary from weekday to weekend. Experienced canoers can inquire about the longer trips like Barryville to Matamoras, which can take up to 7.5 hours to complete. Kittatinny also offers two-day trips which can cover as much as 28 miles.

Indian Head Canoes

The canoe trips through Indian Head are a great activity for the whole family since kids can canoe for free. Included in the price are your canoe, paddles, life jackets, and transportation. At Indian Head, there are quite a few trips to choose from. Beginners will like the six-mile trek from Knights Eddy to Matamoras, while the advanced canoers should experience the 18-mile Skinners Falls to Barryville. Reservations can be made easily online.

Silver Canoe & Whitewater Rafting

For a peaceful trip down the Delaware River, check out Silver Canoe & Whitewater Rafting in Port Jervis, NY. Their trip from Pond Eddy to Port Jervis Landing is the perfect way to spend the day. Stop to fish or get out for a picnic on this nine-mile excursion down the river. This trip can take as long as 5 hours to complete, so it might be best suited for adults and older children. You will also experience different levels of rapids along the way. Reservations are recommended one week in advance.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a 70,000-acre park that stretches through New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a lovely drive from The Settlers Inn. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many miles of hiking trails, the abundant opportunities for fishing, the array of wildlife and the swimming. There are also self-guided Delaware River canoe trips. The trip from Milford Beach to Dingmans Campground is great for beginners. This trip is 10 miles with four rapids and mostly calm waters. Along the way are two places to stop and eat a picnic lunch.

Return to a Relaxing Stay at The Settlers Inn in Hawley

Tucked away in the Lake Region of the Pocono Mountains is our beautiful Arts and Crafts lodge: The Settlers Inn. Our property is home to 23 guest rooms, a farm-to-table restaurant, lush gardens, and plenty of common areas to sip a glass of wine or make a new friend. When planning your stay, be sure to ask us about our Bed, Breakfast, and Dinner special. With this package, you’ll receive dinner for two at The Settlers Inn award-winning restaurant and awake to a full country breakfast the next morning.

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When you start planning your escape to the Pocono Mountains, we encourage you to check our events calendar to see what fun activities are coming up. We can’t wait for you to experience a relaxing stay at The Settlers Inn. We hope to see you in Hawley soon!