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Milford Beach to Dingmans Ferry - Delaware River Series

Brian G.

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Milford Beach to Dingmans Ferry is approximately 8 miles in river length and would take around 3 hours (without stopping) to complete depending on river flow. You can plan for it to take 4-5 hours if you did it at a leisurely pace and stopped for lunch.  Here's a hot tip: This section is easy to navigate. You're starting just before the 206 Milford-Montague Bridge down to just after the Dingman's Ferry Bridge. There are no bridges in-between, so use these as your landmarks.

About Milford Beach

Milford Beach is located at the north end of the park just south of Milford, PA. Here is the Google Map's pin for Milford Beach. This area offers a grassy beach complete with picnic areas, a pavilion, restrooms, a boat launch, a canoe launch, and access to the Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail. This access point is one of the larger ones providing additional recreation such as picnicking and swimming. There is plenty of parking with around 80 spots.


Parking / Paying

The kiosks may or may not be manned throughout the season. You are required to pay cash when parking here. There will be instructions at the kiosk on what to do. Usually, you grab a small envelope which has information like your license plate number, you leave the money in the envelope and into the lock box. The price to park is $10.




Some Highlights

You will be passing by two islands, Minisink Island and Namanock Island. The direction to go left or right is really up to the paddler. You may find yourself in shallow water that requires you to portage.



There are only two sections of class 1 rapids before and after Minisink Island, this is a good beginner section to begin on. Please always wear your PFD.



About Dingmans Ferry

You will be coming back to Dingman's Ferry right after the bridge on the right side. Here is the Google Map's pin for this location. This is a smaller beach than Milford.



How do we handle transportation? Do we need two vehicles? The answer is yes, you will need two vehicles since this is a one way trip. I recommend everyone to meet at Dingman's Ferry, leave one car behind. The other car must be able to take both kayaks and passengers up to Milford Beach. When you finish and end at Dingman's Ferry the car left behind, must take both kayaks and passengers up to the start to where the other car is. It can be logistically fun to figure out.

On the weekends from Memorial day to Labor day the Pocono Pony operates transports.

Check out the Ultimate Delaware River topic here.

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19 minutes ago, Rahul Karodia said:

Looks cool. I just read the details on Pocono pony. I understand it’s free bus service during weekends. Also I plan to paddle board the river? Do people do that usually?

Yes, people have and do paddle board the Delaware. It's important to keep an eye on the river levels. Lower than usual conditions can lead to you scraping your fin. You can check the river conditions here.

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