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Staircase Rapids

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The Staircase Rapids is a section of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River that offers Class 1 & 2 rapids, with stretches of quiet pools. It is located between Staircase and Matamoras, Pennsylvania . The rapids are a roller coaster set of rapids and are considered one of the best on the Delaware River . The rapids are named after the staircase-like rock formations that can be seen in the area. Paddlers appreciate the beauty of the Upper Delaware’s wildlife sightings, including bald eagles and osprey, and high water quality.

Kittatinny Canoes offer a rafting trip from Staircase to Matamoras that takes approximately 3-4 hours and covers a distance of 6 miles. The trip includes multiple sets of rapids, including Staircase rapids, Mongaup rapids and inlet, Butlers Rift rapids, and Mill Rift rapids. You will paddle beneath cliffs and spectacular rock formations, through lush vegetation then reach the dramatic gorge known as the Hawks Nest and go under an historic railroad bridge.

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Kittatinny Canoes
P.O. Box 382
Milford PA 18337