Looking at a map of the United States, it is easy to see the intrusion of the Delaware Bay as it takes a large bite out of the east coast. As the bay pushes inland, it narrows and the water becomes brackish, and then passes Salem Point as the Delaware Bay becomes the Delaware River. The River passes under the Delaware Memorial Bridge and on to Philadelphia. This section of river has a large volume of ship traffic from around the world. Further upstream, the river still holds a deep shipping channel and it is not uncommon to see a large freighter moving up the river to unload its cargo at a port in southern Bucks County. It should also be noted there is a large tide change in this stretch of river as the effects of the Atlantic Ocean tide reach as far inland as Morrisvile, in Lower Bucks.
The Delaware River is navigable to large freighters as far up river as the docks at the Fairless Works in Falls Township.
Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem Township has a wonderful view of the river and a nice sand beach for fishing or just stolling, making it a great get-away in Lower Bucks County.
Early morning foot prints at Neshaminy State Park
A large tree stump despoisted on the beach in Bristol Township frames the Burlington Bristol Bridge.
Stately homes on the Jersey side
River Front Park in Bristol Borough
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge, built high enough to accommodate large freighters, is the last bridge to span the ship channel.
Low tide at River Park in Falls Township
The Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge (now Amtrak) in Morrisville crosses the river at the upper most reaches of the tide.
This barge is moving alot faster than it appears, it is important for any navigator on this section of the river to be familiar with rules of the road and boating safety
This old boat launching rail, sticking up at low tide, is evidence of boating activity from year ago.
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The Delaware River makes a large presence as it passes the lower end of Bucks County. This picture was taken at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, with center city Philadelphia in the background..