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NJ's Restricts Access at Some Wildlife Management Areas

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(Trenton, NJ)(July 8, 2020)--Due to state-mandated employee furloughs, access is restricted on certain sections/facilities at the following Wildlife Management Areas through July 27. All other access remains the same.

WMA  Specific Area/Facility
Assunpink Main Lake Boat Ramp
Assunpink Rising Sun Boat Ramp
Assunpink Stone Tavern Boat Ramp
Assunpink Shotgun and Archery Range
Belvidere Boat Launch Belvidere Boat Launch
Black River Shotgun Range
Clarks Pond Boat Ramp
Clinton Shotgun, Archery and Rifle Ranges
Colliers Mills Rifle and Archery Ranges
Flatbrook  Shotgun and Archery Ranges
Greenwood Parkers Pit
Ken Lockwood Gorge Ken Lockwood Gorge
Higbee Beach Three (3) Primary Parking Areas
Jakes Landing (Dennis Creek) Boat Ramp
Makepeace Lake Shotgun, Archery and Rifle Ranges
Malibu Beach Main Parking Lot
Malibu Beach Small Triangle to North of Main Parking Lot
Manchester Jeffrey's Branch Area
Menantico Ponds Boat Ramp
Millville  Shooting Range
Pequest  Archery Range
Prospertown Lake Main Lake Boat Ramp
Rainbow Lake Boat Ramp
Rieglesville Boat Launch Rieglesville Boat Launch
Round Valley  Boat Ramp
Salem River Boat Ramp
Shaws Mill Pond Boat Ramp
Spicers Creek Boat Ramp
Stafford Forge Shotgun, Muzzleloader and Archery Ranges
Tuckahoe Archery Range
Tuckahoe Impoundements, Corbin City and Tuckahoe
Tuckahoe  Boat Ramp
Union Lake Boat Ramp
White Oak Ponds
Wildcat Ridge Split Rock Reservoir
Winslow East Ponds

Union Lake Boat Ramp Improvements
Clinton WMA Range Improvements Completed
Field Habitat Creation - Winslow WMA
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 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 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)

Mask Up FlyerHunter 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.

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 almost 357,000 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 WMAMAPS@dep.state.nj.us 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