EAST BRANCH DELAWARE RIVER MAINSTEM
The East Branch Delaware River mainstem watershed is located within the Town of Middletown in Delaware County. The Village of Margaretville is the only population center within this sub-basin.
The East Branch mainstem is a sixth order stream. Huckleberry Brook, Bull Run, Dry Brook, Hubbell Hill Hollow, Batavia Kill, and numerous unnamed tributaries enter the East Branch mainstem. Tributaries that are near highly populated areas are more likely to
have been straightened and maintained. The drainage area of East Branch mainstem is approximately 25.76 square miles and the stream is 9.8 stream miles long from the confluence with the Batavia Kill to the high water mark of the Pepacton Reservoir. The
East Branch mainstem valley is generally broad. The land is predominately forested along the majority
of the mainstem, with some built-up
and/or brush areas. The average annual rainfall in the watershed can range from 35-39 inches/year.
EXISTING RECREATIONAL ACCESS
The possibilities of better (and better-promoted) access are endless throughout the stretch above, through, and below the Village of Margaretville.