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Wildlife Management Areas

 
Following Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 34 (pdf), DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe has issued Administrative Order No. 2018-24 closing all DEP owned, managed or otherwise controlled lands to bear hunting during the October and December 2018 season segments. The closure includes, but is not limited to, the following: state forests, parks, recreation areas and natural areas; and wildlife management areas.
Administrative Order 2018-24
(pdf)

WMA Regulations
Wildlife Management Area Permits

Wildlife Management Area User Survey Report
Columbia Lake Dam Removal Requires Area Closure
Tuckahoe WMA Impoundment Management
   Tuckahoe WMA Impoundment Restoration Project (DFW Facebook Video)
WMA Habitat Management Projects
Disturbed Forest - The Forsaken Science of Healthy Forests (Ruffed Grouse Society Video)

arrow The Three Bridges area on Mountain Road within the Flatbrook-Roy Wildlife Management Area is closed to vehicular traffic indefinitely. The decision to close the road was made based on concerns from Department of Transportation engineers regarding the structural integrity of the bridges. The area is accessible via foot and parking is along Mountain Road before the bridge closures. The public can also use alternate routes via Roy Bridge on Rt. 615 or Brook Road from Rt. 560. (View map)

The table below lists all state Wildlife Management Areas as of December, 2018. At that time the system had more than 353,000 acres in 122 areas (see the October, 2017 DEP news release). New properties and additions to existing properties are continually being added. (In addition, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) maintains four (4) areas for public fish and wildlife associated recreation activities under the terms of State of New Jersey hunting and fishing permits. See below.)

Clicking on a WMA name opens a topographic map of the area in a new tab/window. Maps are in PDF format and have been compressed to reduce file size and download time. For higher resolution print or PDF format maps of the WMAs, or for more information, contact the Bureau of Land Management at 609-984-0547 or e-mail WMAMAPS@dep.nj.gov. Include a mailing address if requesting print maps.

Maps showing area roads are available on the Wildlife Management Areas - Road Maps page.

Please note that state WMAs and facilities are "carry in - carry out" and trash receptacles are not provided; please plan accordingly to not leave any trash or recyclables behind.

New Jersey's Wildlife Management Areas - feature article
WMA Regulations

Name of Tract County Acreage Acquired by Division of Fish and Wildlife Acreage Acquired Through
1961-2009
Green Acres Bond Acts
Acreage Acquired Through Waterfowl Stamp Program Total Acreage as of
December, 2018
Abbotts Meadow 345kb Salem   1,523.76 84.33 1,608.09
Absecon 555kb Atlantic 2,910.20 979.04 56.81 3,946.05
Alexauken Creek 1.2mb Hunterdon   689.24   689.24
Alpha Grasslands Preserve **** 3.5mb Warren   128.00   128.00
Amwell Lake 2.3mb Hunterdon 21.66 63.75    85.41
Andaloro 3.6mb Gloucester   53.00   53.00
Assunpink 3.2mb Monmouth   6,373.44   6,373.44
Baldwin Lake 135kb Mercer 36.94 10.39   47.33
Bear Swamp ******* 4.3mb Sussex   2,982.42   2,982.42
Beaver Brook 4.1mb Warren   681.57   681.57
Beaver Swamp North 205kb South 215kb Cape May   2,930.69   2,930.69
Belvidere Access 125kb Warren   7.46   7.46
Berkshire Valley 205kb Morris 1,147.00 892.66   2,039.66
Black River 5.2mb Morris   3,077.77   3,077.77
Buckhorn Creek 4.0mb Warren   682.94   682.94
Buckshutem 175kb Article Cumberland   4,171.13   4,171.13
Budd Lake 480kb Morris     80.00 80.00
Butterfly Bogs 395kb Ocean 103.19 62.64   165.83
Cape Island North 465kb South 3.9mb Cape May 7.86 314.17 97.01 419.04

Cape May Coastal Wetlands Cape May 4.7mb Cape May Courthouse 5.0mb Marmora 4.4mb Sea Isle City 5.0mb Wildwood 5.1mb

Cape May 876.42 13,693.00 3,192.58 17,762.00
Capoolong Creek 4.1mb Hunterdon   67.61   67.61
Cedar Lake 150kb Atlantic   359.51   359.51
Cedarville Ponds 370kb Cumberland   42.18   42.18
Clarks Pond 2.9mb Cumberland 163.88 32.13   196.01
Clinton East 265kb West 300kb Hunterdon 850.00 1,214.17   2,064.17
Cohansey River 175kb Cumberland   1,474.00   1,474.00
Colliers Mills 235kb Ocean 9,688.18 3,222.79   12,910.97
Columbia 4.0mb Warren   1,098.07   1,098.07
Cox Hall Creek 1.0mb Hunting Area Map 1.2mb Cape May   315.66   315.66
Culvers Brook Access 460kb Sussex   4.13   4.13
Deal Fishing Access 1.0mb Monmouth n/a n/a n/a n/a
Dennis Creek 4.9mb Cape May 1,325.85 6,422.18 544.15 8,292.18
Dix 4.5mb Cumberland 913.17 4,296.04 149.00 5,358.21
D.O.D. Ponds *** 475kb Salem   335.54   335.54
Egg Island 245kb Cumberland 6,247.75 2,585.19 159.02 8,991.96
Elmer Lake 1.7mb Salem 172.50 231.30   385.80
Featherbed Lane 1.6mb Salem   190.65   190.65
Flatbrook-Roy 435kb Sussex 2,092.85     2,092.85
Forked River Mt. 210kb Ocean   1,493.28   1,493.28
Fortescue 455kb Cumberland   1,174.52
137.40
1,311.92
Gibson Creek
Incorporated into Maple Lake WMA
Glassboro 685kb Gloucester 2,341.95 50.95   2,392.90
Great Bay Boulevard 4.9mb Ocean 3,789.63 1,743.02 449.33 5,981.98
Great Egg Harbor River - Buena Vista 1 3.6mb Buena Vista 2 3.7mb Folsom 3.7mb Hamilton 3.7mb Hamilton So. 3.9mb Weymouth 3.9mb Atlantic   6,861   6,861
Greenwood Forest 4.4mb Burlington/Ocean 9,863.37 22,386.39   32,249.76
Gum Tree Corner 185kb Cumberland/Salem   1,217.75
13.04
1,230.79
Hackettstown Hatchery 690kb Warren 231.24 3.94   235.18
Hainesville 315kb Sussex 281.50 467.56   749.06
Hamburg Mountain 2.3mb Sussex 2,357.60 1,286.45   3,644.05

Hammonton Creek East 4.5mb West 4.1mb

Atlantic   4,852.34   4,852.34
Harmony Access 2.5mb Warren   26.88   26.88
Harrisonville Lake 190kb Salem/Gloucester   298.45   298.45
Heislerville 3.6mb Video Cumberland 2,680.07 3,429.82 1,560.51 7,670.40/font>
Higbee Beach * 145kb Information Cape May 196.00 963.53   1,159.53
Holland Church Access 1.9mb Hunterdon   21.49   21.49
Honey Run 700kb Warren   134.08   134.08
Hummers Beach Access 1.0mb Warren   3.20   3.20
Imlaystown Lake 1.0mb Monmouth   30.00   30.00
Ken Lockwood Gorge 4.1mb Hunterdon 109.00 454.48   563.48
Knowlton Access 4.0mb Warren   14.20   14.20
Little Flatbrook Access 670kb Sussex   6.57   6.57
Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve ***** 760kb Cape May   378.99   378.99
Lockatong 210kb Hunterdon   764.56   764.56
Logan Pond 445kb Gloucester 11.95 75.00   86.95
Mad Horse Creek 295kb Salem 4,409.65 4,405.58 573.60 9,388.83
Makepeace Lake 3.9mb Atlantic   11,726.96   11,726.96
Malibu Beach 3.0mb Atlantic   95.70   95.70
Manahawkin 4.1mb Ocean 964.96 825.74   1,790.70
Manasquan River 405kb Ocean/Monmouth   744.33   744.33
Manchester 185kb Ocean 2,300.00 1,501.10   3,802.10
Mantua Creek 200kb Gloucester   107.33   107.33
Maple Lake 370kb Atlantic   4,867.97   4,867.97
Maskells Mill Pond 370kb Salem 56.90 1,098.70   1,155.60
Medford 555kb Burlington 214.07     214.07
Menantico Ponds 750kb Cumberland 295.90 178.24   474.14
Millville (Bevans) 4.1mb Lake Audrey Location Map Cumberland 11,724.63 4,576.22
102.63
16,403.48
Musconetcong River Bethlehem 235kb Butlers Park 195kb Hackettstown 225kb Holland 23okb Lebanon 220kmb Pohatcong 220kb Washington 225kb Hunterdon/Morris/Warren   1,558.02   1,558.02
Nantuxent 3.4mb Cumberland 787.36 77.59 237.84 1,102.79
Navesink River 225kb Monmouth   66.93   66.93
New Sweden 4.0mb Cumberland 817.96 687.40 1,327.31 2,832.67
Oyster Creek Access 2000kb Ocean   14.11   14.11
Paulinskill River 310kb Sussex   2,523.36   2,523.36
Peaslee 3.5mb Cumberland/Cape May 9,642.78 24,338.30   33,981.08
Pemberton Lake 385kb Burlington
81.75
    81.75
Penbryn Pond 745kb Camden   354.63   354.63
Pennsauken Access 1.3mb Camden   0.68   0.68
Pequest 5.2mb Warren 203.66 4,937.96   5,141.62
Pleasant Run 970kb Burlington/Mercer/Monmouth   500.00   500.00
Pohatcong Creek 1.4mb Warren   129.54   129.54
Point Pleasant Fishing Access 3.6mb Ocean 6.60     6.60
Pork Island 3.3mb Atlantic   616.04  251.16 867.20
Port Republic 480kb Atlantic   1,470.91   1,470.91
Prospertown Lake 3.5mb Monmouth/Ocean 122.17 908.51   1,030.68
Raccoon Creek 1.4mb Gloucester   272.74   272.74
Rainbow Lake 445kb Salem   91.12   91.12
Ratzman Access 345kb Warren 7.42     7.42
Rockaway River 420b Morris   3,671.22   3,671.22
Rockport 4.8mb Pheasant Farm Warren 369.81 1,010.28   1,380.09
Rowands Pond 1.1mb Camden 12.98     12.98
Salem River Mannington East 3.4mb Mannington West 4/0mb Salem 3.5mb Woodstown 3.7mb Salem   3,342.94   3,342.94
Sawmill Creek ** 3.7mb Bergen/Hudson 727.00     727.00
Sedge Islands ****** 540kb Ocean   192.33   192.33
Shark River Access 205kb Monmouth   0.95   0.95
South Branch Catanzaretti 4.0mb Merck 355kb North 3.1mb Rockaway Creek 2.2mb South 3.3mb Hunterdon/Morris   1,946.51   1,946.51
Sparta Mountain 4.2mb Sussex   3,461.20   3,461.20
Spicers Creek Access 555kb Cape May 4.70 12.90    17.60
Splitrock Reservoir Access 315kb Morris       --
Stafford Forge 680kb Ocean   11,925.93   11,925.93
Swan Bay 4.8mb Burlington   3,224.75 581.80 3,806.55
Thundergut Pond 385kb Salem   2,511.17   2,511.17
Trout Brook 435kb Sussex   2,049.73   2,049.73
Tuckahoe (MacNamara) 5.3mb Impoundment Restoration Video Cape May/Atlantic 12,377.00 4,410.56 1,417.49 18,205.05
Turkey Swamp 260kb Monmouth/Ocean 1,500.00 2,472.62   3,972.62
Union Lake 5.3mb Cumberland/Salem   5,206.63   5,206.63
Upper Barnegat Bay North 3.7mb South 3.6mb Ocean   338.84 42.70 381.54
Van Nest Refuge 1.6mb Mercer 98.00     98.00
Wading River 410kb Burlington   159.26   159.26
Walpack 785kb Sussex 387.54     387.54
Wanaque Passaic Property Transferred to Div. of Parks and Forestry
Weldon Brook 325kb Sussex   1,564.22   1,564.22
White Lake 4.2mb Warren   984.45   984.45
White Oak Branch 170kb Gloucester   2,893.64   2,893.64
Whiting 4.0mb Ocean 1,190.89 21.02   1,211.91
Whittingham 375kb Sussex   1,932.37   1,932.37
Wildcat Ridge 575kb Hawkwatch Morris   5,829.33   5,829.33
Winslow 3.2mb Camden/Gloucester 1,726.15 6,655.74   8,381.89
Acreage Totals 98,449.64 244,037.52 11,057.71 353,544.87
* License from Department of Army for conservation and management of 196.00 acres
** Administered by Division of Fish and Wildlife and New Jersey Meadowlands Commission through permit issued by Natural Resource Council
*** D.O.D. Ponds leased from Department of Army for management purposes (25 yrs. from 1998)
**** Alpha Grasslands Preserve - DEP has a 44% interest in this property
***** Division of Fish & Wildlife co-owners of property with The Nature Conservancy
******* Sedge Islands Conservation Zone Management Agreement (pdf, 1.0mb)
******* Division of Fish & Wildlife co-owners of property (867 acres) with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Sussex County

The PSE&G properties (The Bayside Tract, Commercial Township Wetland Restoraiton Site, Maurice River Township Wetland Restoration Site and Cohansey River Wetland Restoration Site) are open for public fish and wildlife associated recreation activities. For information, see www.pseg.com/info/environment/estuary.jsp.

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Last Updated: Decemb 12, 2018