Breaking News & Updates
Canal Damaged by River Flooding on December 26
December 28, 2020
Waiting for a flood damage assessment. In the meantime, be advised that the towpath was affected in Easton, Raubsville, Durham, and Lumberville. It not the best time to go out for a ride or walk in those sections. Please be careful and safe.
Towpath Closed in Raubsville Due to Collapse
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The towpath is CLOSED just north of Woody’s Camelback Bridge ( Mile 54) due to a partial collapse of the towpath today. Trail users should turn around at the closure and NOT attempt to get by it, as the collapse may be prone to expanding and undercutting. The level of the water in the Canal has been lowered to reduce any further erosion.
Towpath Has Reopened in Yardley
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The towpath between the Mary Yardley Footbridge and the Sommer’s Camelback Bridge has reopened. The elevation project is complete.
Trail Closure Updates – Two in Yardley, One in Tinicum
October 27, 2020
From the Delaware Canal State Park
TRAIL CLOSURE UPDATES
TINICUM AQUEDUCT AREA (MILE 37): The towpath and pedestrian bridge at the Tinicum Aqueduct is now REOPENED as of 9/25.
SCUDDER FALLS AREA (MILE 16): The towpath may be closed intermittently in the area of I-95/I-295, Scudder Falls Bridge, through end of November 2020. Signs will be posted on the trail during the closure periods. Closures may occur between 7am-5pm Monday through Friday; the trail will be open on weekends. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) will be conducting work on the new bridge over the canal and towpath during these closures. For additional information please visit the DRJTBC website at www.scudderfallsbridge.com or you can contact the toll-free info line at 855-495-7726.
YARDLEY AREA (MILE 14): [NEW] Beginning Oct 13, the towpath will be closed in Yardley between the Mary Yardley footbridge and Sommer’s Camelback bridge, Monday through Friday 8am-4pm, while DCNR staff complete a towpath elevation project. During the closure, heavy equipment will be actively working on the towpath making it unsafe for visitors to pass through. Closure signs are posted at either end of the closure. The towpath will be open on weekends. This notice will be updated when the project is complete.
A Section of Towpath Closed in Yardley Borough and Lower Makefield Township
October 13, 2020
The towpath between the Mary Yardley Footbridge Bridge, located at Fuld Avenue in Yardley Borough, and the Sommer’s Camelback Bridge,, just north of the Borough in Lower Makefield Township is closed. The State Park will be regrading the towpath to prevent overflows. The work is expected to be conducted between the hours of 8am and 4pm, and be complete by October 23.
Walkway at Tinicum Aqueduct is Open
Good news! The new Tinicum Aqueduct pedestrian walkway is open. The aqueduct is located just south of the Golden Pheasant Inn. The opening also means that the Lumberville – Bulls Island, Frenchtown, Uhlerstown, Lumberville PA/NJ Loop is back in business.
Rewatering Update from the Park Manager
August 31, 2020
“As of today, water will start progressing into the Bridgeton Township area as the Indian Rock Wastegate at mile post 45.83 was just closed this morning. The public can anticipate seeing water flow down the next 4 miles to the Lodi Wastegate at mile post 41.75 over the next three days. We will fine tune the water volume from that point and then move on the next wastegates at mile post 40.00 and 39.39. The goal will be to provide the greatest volume without the potential to disturb the construction at the Tinicum Aqueduct. The culmination will be a very small flow of water as far as Golden Pheasant Wastegate at mile post 37.36. I predict we will be at that point by sometime around Wednesday or Thursday of next week if everything goes according to plan.
In speaking with the Tinicum Aqueduct construction manager from Clearwater Construction Inc. they are hopeful to have the majority of the project concluded by the end of September. My hope is that we will see water crossing the aqueduct within the first week of October. I understand people are eager to see the water flow and rightfully so, after being de-watered since September of 2019. With these large infrastructure improvements being completed we will be one step closer to a more continuous water supply into the future.”
Towpath Closure Update
August 25, 2020
SOUTH OF FRY’S RUN (MILE 52): [NEW] The towpath between Fry’s Run/Kleinhan’s Aqueduct and Mueller’s General Store is temporarily closed while contractors make repairs to a portion of the towpath which subsided after Tropical Storm Isaias. The closure is expected to last through Friday Aug 28. This advisory will be updated when work is complete.
Updates to Towpath Closures at Tinicum Aqueduct and Scudders Falls Area
August 18, 2020
TINICUM AQUEDUCT AREA (MILE 37): The towpath at the Tinicum Aqueduct is currently closed 24/7 for visitor safety. This closure is due to the ongoing repair project at the aqueduct and will be in effect into September. This section of the trail will NOT be open weekends. Please reference the park map and plan ahead, as there is no safe detour route.
SCUDDER FALLS AREA (MILE 16): The towpath may be closed intermittently in the area of I-95/I-295, Scudder Falls Bridge, intermittently through end of September 2020. Closures may occur between 6 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday; the trail will be open on weekends. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) will be conducting work on the new bridge over the canal and towpath during these closures. For additional information please visit the DRJTBC website at www.scudderfallsbridge.com or you can contact the toll-free info line at 855-495-7726.
Lehigh River Water Flowing Southward in the Canal
July 27, 2020
On Friday, July 24, following the installation of the new drop gate at Groundhog Lock (Locks 22-23) in Raubsville, the Delaware Canal State Park staff opened the bypass gate in Easton allowing Lehigh River water to enter the Canal. On Saturday, the water had flowed to and past Groundhog Lock to the waste gate at Mueller’s Store. There the water was released to control the new inflow. Today, the waste gate at Mueller’s was closed, and the water has reached Riegelsville and beyond. At Durham, it will be released into the Delaware River until the completion of the Tinicum Aqueduct project.