The Wildlife Management Area System

Except as Noted Below, WMAs Are Open; Division Offices and Buildings Remain Closed

In order to protect public safety and natural resources, New Jersey DEP Fish and Wildlife will again close a total of six small areas within five Wildlife Management Areas listed below effective May 25, 2022 through September 5, 2022. These areas will reopen on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
Cedar Lake WMA Greenwood Forest WMA Menantico Ponds WMA Wildcat Ridge WMA Winslow WMA
WMA Regulations

WMA Restrictions Are In Effect In the Following Areas:
Ken Lockwood Gorge Middle Parking Area Closed
Malibu Beach Small Triangle to North of Main Parking Lot
Capoolong Creek Trail Closed (pdf, 4.92mb)

Aerial Seeding Operations at Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area
Heislerville WMA Drawdown of Impoundment #3
Employment Opportunity: Wildlife Worker
Columbia Lake Dam Removal Project

List of Wildlife Management Areas (includes links to topographic maps in PDF format)

Maps of Wildlife Management Areas Showing Roads

WMA Regulations
Wildlife Management Area Permits

WMA Habitat Management Projects

arrow Information on prescribed burns on WMAs is found on the State Foestry Service website.
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.
Sportsmen can still access this area via foot and can park along Mountain Road before the bridge closures, and can also use alternate routes via Roy Bridge on Rt. 615 or Brook Road from Route 560. (View map)
arrow Greenwood Forest WMA Forest Stewardship Plan
arrow Sparta Mountain WMA Forest Stewardship Plan
arrow Weldon Brook WMA Forest Stewardship Plan
arrow Whiting WMA Natural Resource Stewardship Plan
arrow Sedge Islands Conservation Zone Management Agreement (pdf, 1.0mb)
Hunter Training/Archery and Firearm Shooting Ranges
Dog Training Areas
Horseback Riding
Wading River WMA Blinds for Youth Waterfowl Hunters
Wildlife Management Area Maps
Wildlife Management Area Videos
Wildlife Management Area Feature Articles

New Jersey's Wildlife Management Area System, administered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Bureau of Land Management, preserves a diversity of fish and wildlife habitats from Delaware Bay coastal marshes to Kittatinny Ridge mountain tops. Ranging in size from the 0.68 acre Delaware River Fishing Access Site at the Pennsauken WMA to the 33,000-acre Peaslee Tract in Cumberland and Cape May counties, Wildlife Management Areas provide countless outdoor recreational opportunities for New Jersey residents and visitors from out of state. Helping make these areas accessible are approximately 1,100 miles of roads (19 paved and 1,081 unpaved).

The system had its beginning with the purchase of the 387-acre Walpack Tract in Sussex County in 1932. This land was purchased as a "Public Shooting and Fishing Ground" by the Board of Fish and Game Commissioners, the forerunner of today's Fish and Game Council. Presently there are more than 358,000 acres in 122 areas, and new properties and additions to existing properties are continually being added. This acreage represents more than 44% of New Jersey's state-owned public open space.

Initially, the purchase of lands for the Wildlife Management Area System was funded entirely from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. In 1961, the first of several Green Acres bond issues was approved, enabling the general public to participate in the development of the system. Approximately half of the present system was purchased through the Green Acres bond issues. Operational funding is provided entirely by hunters and anglers. Capital projects such as boat ramps, dams and parking lots are usually funded through combinations of Federal Aid (funds from excise taxes on sporting equipment), Green Acres and General Fund Capital appropriations.

Through the years, particularly with the infusion of Green Acres monies since 1961, the mission of the Wildlife Management Area System gradually broadened from "Public Shooting and Fishing Grounds" to areas where fish and wildlife habitat is protected and enhanced, while providing a variety of compatible recreational and educational opportunities.

The number of people in search of wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities has grown significantly in the last 40 years as shown by the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted every five years by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In New Jersey, the 2011 National Survey found that 794,000 people hunted fished, and more than 2,400,000 people participated in other wildlife-oriented recreational activities (bird feeding, wildlife observation, photography, etc.). The survey includes only people 16 years of age and older.

While demand continues to be strong, the overall amount of land available for the pursuit of wildlife-oriented recreation is declining. New Jersey loses roughly 45-sq. mi. of wildlife habitat to development every year. In view of this reality, acquiring and managing Wildlife Management Areas is an important part of management programs conducted by the Division to provide for the public's wildlife-related recreation.

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

Current topographic maps of WMAs in PDF format are available on the Table of Wildlife Management Areas page; maps showing area roads are available on the Wildlife Management Area Road Maps page. If you'd like a higher resolution map or other information, please contact the Bureau of Land Management at 609-984-0547, e-mail or write NJ Div. Fish and Wildlife, WMA Map Request, Mail Code 501-03, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.

Tuckahoe Impoundment Restoration Project
Heislerville Wildlife Management Area
Disturbed Forest - The Forsaken Science of Healthy Forests (Ruffed Grouse Society Video)

Wildlife Management Area User Survey Report

New Jersey's Wildlife Management Areas 6/99 (updated 12/16)
Lake Audrey Update 2/10