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Little Delaware River
Delaware headwaters map.png
Little Delaware shown as a tributary of the West Branch Delaware
Country United States
State New York
Region Catskills
County Delaware
Towns Bovina, Delhi
Physical characteristics
Main source Unnamed mountain
NE of Bovina
River mouth West Branch Delaware River
1,325 ft (404 m)
Length 16 mi (26 km)
  • Location:
  • Minimum rate:
    .8 cubic feet per second (0.023 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    6,100 cubic feet per second (170 m3/s)
Basin features
River system Delaware River
Basin size 52.2 sq mi (135 km2)

Little Delaware River is a river in Delaware County, New York. It begins along the western slope of Plattekill Mountain, northeast of the Hamlet of Bovina and flows generally westward before converging with the West Branch Delaware River by the Village of Delhi.


In the Little Delaware River the wild brown trout and brook trout populations are supplemented with the stocking of about 700 brown trout yearlings each year. The fish are stocked in a 0.8 miles (1.3 km) zone at the mouth and a 1.2 miles (1.9 km) zone downstream of the hamlet of Bovina Center. Brown trout are the dominant wild trout in the stream, but there are also large amounts of brook trout upstream of Bovina Center.


The Little Delaware River's watershed makes up for 7.84% of the West Branch Delaware River's drainage area.


The United States Geological Survey (USGS) maintains one stream gauge along the Little Delaware River.

The station by the Village of Delhi has been in operation since October 1937, but only making maximum measurements since December 1996. It is located on left bank 10 feet (3.0 m) downstream from bridge on Thomson Cross Road and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) upstream from the mouth. This station had a maximum discharge of about 6,100 cubic feet per second (170 m3/s) and a gauge height of 8.51 feet (2.59 m) from floodmark on January 19, 1996 and a minimum discharge of .8 cubic feet per second (0.023 m3/s) on August 10–12, 1964 and September 24–25,1964.

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