Update as of Tuesday, May 21, 2013: F-Cove and T-Cove in Brick Township will be open to boating beginning Saturday, May 25. Special regulations will apply. Read the press release here.
The Wildlife Drive and all trails in Galloway are open every day from sunrise to sunset. For the Wildlife Drive, there is a $4 per vehicle daily admission fee, or visitors can obtain one of several types of visitor passes at the Visitor Information Center. The Visitor Information Center's hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.
Scott's Landing Boat Launch is open. Barnegat Observation Platform is open. The deCamp Wildlife Trail in Brick Township is open for the first 2000 feet. Holgate is closed from April 1 through August 31.
We offer free Bird and Nature Walks EVERY Friday, 8-10 a.m.! Meet in front of the Visitor Information Center. Loaner binoculars are available.
See our Forsythe Explorer for details about all of the activities currently planned at the Refuge. Programs for the entire family provide fun and educational opportunities to experience the outdoors and learn about the wonders of nature along our New Jersey shores.
The Holgate portion of the refuge is normally open to public access from September 1 through March 31. Holgate access is through Long Beach Township and was impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Please contact Long Beach Township at (609) 361-1000 or the Long Beach Township Police department at (609) 494-3322 for current conditions. A Long Beach Township Beach Buggy permit is required for vehicle access to Holgate. Holgate visitors are subject to the same special regulations that have applied in recent years; contact the refuge for details. See our Holgate brochure for details.
Little Beach Island is closed to all public use year round.
The Wildlife Drive, trails, and boardwalk are open.
Shorebird fans should find this posting of monthly tide charts helpful. Shorebirds will be particularly visible in the tidal salt marsh when the tide recedes, as the muddy edges which are so attractive to them are exposed. Conversely, shorebirding in the Vogt Pool, also known as the west pool, can be better at high tide. Please note that water depths will vary depending on various weather conditions.
Visit the Tide Chart, run by the University of South Carolina.
Please add one hour to all tide times for the waters surrounding the Wildlife Drive.