VISIT THE WMA EXPLORER
Explore the diverse array of resources at New Jersey’s Wildlife Management Areas with our latest app.
WMA Restrictions Are In Effect In the Following Areas:
|WMA||RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT|
|Capoolong Creek||Trail Closed to all activity including but not limited to hiking, walking, bike riding and horse back riding from White Bridge Road to Upper Kingtown Road. The area is closed because of hazardous trail conditions resulting from washouts and erosion.|
|Flatbrook-Roy||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)|
|Ken Lockwood Gorge||Middle Parking Area Closed|
|Malibu Beach||Small Triangle to North of Main Parking Lot|
WMA Improvement Projects Currently Underway:
|WMA||IMPROVEMENTS BEING MADE|
|Tuckahoe||Beginning Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Tuckahoe Boat Ramp, located on Mosquito Landing Road in the Tuckahoe WMA will be closed for renovations.|
Work is expected to be completed by late April, 2023.
Renovations will include a new cement ramp, replacement of the existing bulkhead, and installation of a floating dock.
|Amwell Lake||The Amwell Lake WMA entrance road and boat access in Hunterdon County will be CLOSED on Monday, April 3, 2023 for entrance road improvements.|
|Clinton||The Clinton WMA Centerfire Rifle Range in Hunterdon County will be CLOSED on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 and Wednesday, April 5, 2023 for entrance road improvements.|
Wildlife Management Area Regulations
Wildlife Management Area Permits
WMA Habitat Management Projects
- Information on prescribed burns on WMAs is found on the State Forestry Service website.
- 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 (WMAs) as of September 2022. At that time the system had more than 357,000 acres in 122 areas. Additions to existing properties are continually being added. Additionally, 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 the WMA Explorer application and zooms to the selected WMA. The application lets users explore the diverse array of resources at New Jersey WMAs which consist of hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands with shooting ranges, dog training areas, boat ramps, fishing access sites, roads, parking areas and more available to hunters, trappers, anglers and other fish, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. The WMA Explorer provides general information about the WMA such as the wildlife and plant species that may be found there, the habitat types present and hunting and trapping zone information for a particular WMA. It also allows users to share and print maps they make with the application.
Please note that state WMAs and facilities are “carry-in – carry out” and trash receptacles are not 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 recyclable behind.
For any questions relating to Wildlife Management Areas, please e-mail NJLandmanagement@dep.nj.gov.
|Name of Tract||County||Acreage Acquired by Fish and Wildlife||Acreage Acquired Through 1961-2009 Green Acres Bond Act||Acreage Acquired Through Waterfowl Stamp Program||Total Acreage as of February, 2021|
|Alpha Grasslands Preserve||Warren||128.00||128.00|
|Beaver Swamp||Cape May||2,931.00||2,931.00|
|Cape Island||Cape May||7.86||314.13||97.01||419.00|
|Cape May Coastal Wetlands||Cape May||876.42||13,773.00||3192.581||17,842.00|
|Cox Hall Creek||Cape May||316.00||316.00|
|Culvers Brook Access||Sussex||4.00||4.00|
|Dennis Creek||Cape May||1,325.85||6,810.00||544.15||8,680.00|
|Forked River Mt.||Ocean||2,121.00||2,121.00|
|Great Bay Boulevard||Ocean||3,789.63||1,743.04||449.33||5,982.00|
|Great Egg Harbor River||Atlantic||7,552||7,552|
|Gum Tree Corner||Salem/Cumberland||1,217.96||13.04||1,231.00|
|Heislerville – Video||Cumberland||2,680.07||3,454.42||1560.51||7,695.00|
|Higbee Beach*||Cape May||196.00||964.00||1,160.00|
|Holland Church Access||Warren||21.00||21.00|
|Hummers Beach Access||Warren||3.00||3.00|
|Ken Lockwood Gorge||Hunterdon||109.00||454.00||563.00|
|Little Flatbrook Access||Sussex||7.00||7.00|
|Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve*****||Cape May||379.00||379.00|
|Mad Horse Creek||Salem||4,409.65||4,531.75||573.6||9,515.00|
|Maskells Mill Pond||Salem||56.90||1,099.10||1,156.00|
|Oyster Creek Access||Ocean||14.00||14.00|
Hyper Humus Easement
|Point Pleasant Fishing Access||Ocean||7.00||7.00|
|Rockport – Pheasant Farm||Warren||369.81||1,052.19||1,422.00|
|Sedge Islands ******||Ocean||193.00||193.00|
|Shark River Access (pdf, 203kb)||Monmouth||1.00||1.00|
|Spicers Creek Access||Cape May||4.70||13.30||18.00|
|Tuckahoe (MacNamara) – Impoundment Restoration Video||Cape May/Atlantic||18,660.00||4,865.51||1,417.489||18,660.00|
|Upper Barnegat Bay||Ocean||384.30||42.70||427|
|Van Nest Refuge||Mercer||98.00||98.00|
|White Oak Branch||Gloucester||2,910.00||2,910.00|
|* License from Department of Army for conservation and management of 196.00 acres|
|** Administered by 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|
|***** Fish and Wildlife co-owners of property with The Nature Conservancy|
|****** Sedge Islands Conservation Zone Management Agreement (pdf, 1.0mb)|
|******* Fish and 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.