January 22, 2018

Recreation area accessible to public during government shutdown

BUSHKILL – During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. As long as conditions permit, park roads, lookouts, trails and open-air areas at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. 

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance. 

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled.

Pocono Environmental Education Center, Peters Valley School of Craft, Mohican Outdoor Center and Bushkill Outreach will remain in operation during the shutdown.  Primary roads will be plowed in the event of a snowstorm.

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