Breaking News & Updates
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.
Intermittent Towpath Closure at Scudder Falls Bridge Continues Through July
June 24, 2020
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 July 2020. Closures may occur between 6am-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.
Uhlerstown Covered Bridge Repair Project Completed
June 24, 2020
The repairs to the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge are finished. Both the towpath and Uhlerstown Hill Road are OPEN.
Forks of the Delaware Parking Lot to be Closed on Weekdays
June 23, 2020
The parking lot at the Forks of the Delaware in Easton – a trail head for both the Delaware Canal and the D&L Trail – will be closed Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3 and then Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10.
Stairs to Towpath at Centre Bridge to be Closed June 24 & 25
June 19, 2020
From the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission —
Travel impacts for pedestrians and bicyclists: The steel staircase that connects the
bridge’s walkway with the underlying canal towpath on the Pennsylvania side is scheduled to be closed – around the clock — Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25.
In the event of bad weather or other delays, the closure will be extended to Friday, June 26, as a makeup work day. The closure is needed so work crews can install a new concrete foundation beneath the stair facility.
Bicyclists and pedestrians are advised to plan ahead and use the Lumberville-Raven Rock Toll-Supported Pedestrian Bridge to the north or the New HopeLambertville Toll-Supported Bridge’s walkway to the south as connection points for loop trips between the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath in New Jersey and the Delaware Canal towpath in Pennsylvania.
New Trailhead to Reopen on June 6
The facility, which has public bathrooms, is adjacent to the Delaware Canal near the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge’s Pennsylvania abutment. It is accessible from the Commission-owned park-and-ride lot at the corner of Taylorsville and Woodside roads in Lower Makefield, PA. Once reopened, the building will be accessible dawn to dusk seven days a week except when cleaning work is taking place.
The building, which the Commission owns and maintains, was closed temporarily in the interest of public health and safety due to fast-spreading coronavirus infections in mid-March.