Water flow and water temperature information at select USGS water flow gauges for
the Delaware River and tributaries. Also included is Storage Data for the New York
Keep in mind that this is just a guide and individual skill and fitness levels should
be your real guide to safely wading and/or floating any river. River flows are described
in cubic feet per second (cfs).
The West Branch
400-450 cfs: Almost 100% wadable. At this level drifting will mean walking the
boat over some shallow areas.
600-800 cfs: At best, 60-70% of the river is wadable. The river becomes very floatable.
1000-1200 cfs: Except for the most aggressive waders, not much of the river is wadable.
Fishing from a boat now becomes the best method.
1200-1500 cfs: This is the highest level you should even think about wading. Even
so, the places where you could safely wade are few. Drift boat fishing is ideal.
1500+ cfs: Yikes! Don't even consider wading. Too high and too dangerous to wade.
Very fishable from a drift boat.
Upper East Branch
The Upper East Branch is that part of the river north of NY Route 17 (upstream from
250-500 cfs: At this level 75%-95% of the river is wadable.
600-800 cfs: On average, about 50% of the river is wadable, maybe 60-65% at the
lower end of the flow range and less than 50% at the higher range.
900+ cfs: Don't wade. Too dangerous.
Lower East Branch
The Lower East Branch is south of NY Route 17 (downstream from the Beaverkill).
700-800 cfs: 90% wadable.
850-1000 cfs: Still wadable in most sections, but at this level the river also fishes
well from a drift boat.
1200-1500 cfs: Less than 50% wadable. The river is more fishable from a boat.
1600+ cfs: Drift boat fishing. Too dangerous to wade.
A Guide to Wading & Floating the West and East Branch of the Delaware.