Conditions to Next Access Point:
This reach of the river is slow-moving. Much of it is the
slack water behind the Chain Dam near Glendon. Within the
1.7 miles to the portage at the Chain Dam in Easton 's Hugh Moore
Park, there are three islands in the river. Stay to to the
right of the third island (Island Park). The portage begins
at a point in line with the downstream end of the island on RIVER
RIGHT. Exit the river on a small beach about 200 feet above
the dam near the red Locktender's House.
Chain Dam: A large, VERY DANGEROUS
dam with a 15-foot drop. At its base is a recirculating hydraulic
that traps objects indefinitely. The dam is located
just past the haulover at Hugh Moore Park . Exit the river
200 feet above the dam on RIVER RIGHT and return to the river 100
feet below the dam. Alternatively, a boater can portage 75
yards to the Lehigh Navigation canal and travel on the canal for
2.5 miles. Exit the canal at the Abbott Street Lock, then
portage 100 feet to the river and continue 0.7 mile to the next
access point in Easton. In this section of the river, boaters
will only have access to a road or parking area within Hugh Moore
Park at the Canal Boat parking area.
- Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage
Corridor and the D & L Trail: The D & L
Trail, which is on the Lehigh Navigation towpath, extends west
(upstream) to the Wilson Avenue access point and far beyond, and
east (downstream) to the Easton access point and far beyond.
- Bethlehem/Palmer Township Rail-Trail:
The Bethlehem/Palmer Township Rail-Trail is a six-mile, paved,
multi-use trail which extends from Bethlehem Township to 25th
Street in Easton. This rail-trail connects with the D &
L Trail at Hope Road.
Access Point Orientation and Description:
Access is on RIVER LEFT. The
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission built this facility to
accommodate both motorized and non-motorized boating. It
has ample parking and easy access to the river. This section
of river is flat and gently flowing.
Locating the Access Point from the River:
The access point is on RIVER
LEFT downstream from the Route 33 (automobile) Bridge over the
river. There is a large island just downstream from the
bridge. Either side is navigable, but the access point is
just upstream from the downstream end of the island on RIVER LEFT.
Directions to Access Parking/Unloading Area by Land:
I-78, take Exit 71. Go north on Route 33 for 1.1 miles to
the Freemansburg Avenue Exit. Turn right onto Freemansburg
Avenue and go 0.2 mile to Hope Road (SR 2007). Turn right
onto Hope Road and go 1.0 mile to a dirt road. Turn left
onto the dirt road and go 0.8 mile to the access area.
Access Point Location:
The concrete ramp provides easy access
to the river.
- Road access directly to the river
- Picnic tables
- Walking and biking trails adjacent to
- Wildlife viewing
- Fishing in season
- Restroom facilities
is a modern facility, and is used for motorized and non-motorized
boats. This is a Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission facility,
which means your craft must be licensed to use it. A fine
is levied if your craft (any watercraft) is not registered, or if
you do not have proper safety equipment. The boat ramp is
concrete. Motorized boats -- including jet skis -- use this