Navigation and Safety

The safety of our members, and other people on the river is of utmost importance. Also avoiding damage to our boats is important. Now that the torrential and incessant rain has passed and the river has returned to rowable levels, we have to again be conscious of proper navigation and safety on the river. Please take some time to refresh your memory on how to navigate around the rock hazards on the river. Look at the drawing on our website under “Rowing/Rowers’ Map of the River“. Please note that the map has not been updated in a few years, and now there is a large rock shoal at the mouth of the Swan Creek, just upstream, New Jersey side of the boat ramp.

A good rule to avoid most of the hazards is to stay in the middle half of the river – NJ side of the middle half when going upstream; and PA side of the middle half when going downstream. In water at 9 feet and below, at the powerlines downstream of the Route 202 bridge, stay in the middle third of the river. There are rock shoals on both sides, well out into the river. Also, stay away from the NJ side of the river altogether upstream of the Route 202 bridge. Plenty of rocks there too.

If you would like a power boat tour of the river to see the rocks up close, speak to Murray Glover to arrange.

Another good rule if you are in doubt of your skills, or the flow is fairly high, is to never go downstream of the boat ramp. This will keep you well away from the dam.