Post-shutdown: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area resumes operations amid snowy weather


The McDade Trail as it passes Van Auken barn at Arnott Fen, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Photo by Pamela Chergotis)

BUSHKILL — With the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government now over, staff at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has will resume regular operations this week, Public Affairs Specialist Kathleen Sandt announced on Tuesday.
While park offices re-opened on Monday, it will take some time for employees to re-open other areas that would normally be accessible this time of year, park officials say.
“This week, our employees will be focused on picking up and collecting trash and clearing ice and snow from areas that were closed during the lapse in appropriations,” said Superintendent Sula Jacobs. “The staff is thrilled to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to the park. We just ask that people be patient as we work through the backlog and current weather conditions to get things up and running again.”
During the shutdown, some areas of the park were closed due to unsafe conditions related to winter weather and the limited availability of staff to keep those areas safe and clear for visitors. Parking lots, boat launches, pull-offs, and some roads will take some time to clear and re-open because of ice and snow accumulation.
“It’s a good idea to check with the park before visiting to get the latest information on what is open and what is closed before making the trip,” said Jacobs.
She said the park's website at nps.gov/dewa is being updated, and its Facebook page is back online at Facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS. Staff is once again answering the phones and greeting visitors at park headquarters to help visitors get the latest information and plan their visits.”
Park Headquarters, on River Road in Bushkill, is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The information line at 570-426-2452 is available during business hours.
A list of sites and facilities that will be closed for the winter months as part of normal park operations will be distributed later this week.
Related storyThe Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River has also resumed regular operations, starting today. See the story at pikecountycourier.com.