The Refuge provides outstanding opportunities for compatible wildlife-dependent recreational activities involving hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. At various times during the year we must close to the public to carry out wildlife management plans. It is best to check our web site or call prior to visiting. Organized groups are requested to contact the refuge to register their visits in advance.
The refuge's headquarters and Visitor Information Center are located in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township, New Jersey. Access is from US Route 9 in Oceanville. Visitors enter the refuge via Great Creek Road. This leads to our entry gate. The Wildlife Drive, trails, and boardwalk are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. Contact the refuge office at 609-652-1665 for more information.
The Refuge receives over 250,000 visitors each year. The cumulative impacts of this many visitors on wildlife and habitat can be very detrimental. To ensure that the Refuge can continue to fulfill its primary mission of protecting and managing this natural habitafor the benefit of wildlife, visitors are requested to comply with the simple guidelines and regulations listed below.
Most of the Refuge's public use facilities are open only during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset). Be sure you know the hours for the area you're planning to visit.
The following are prohibited on the Refuge:
Headquarters and Auditorium
The refuge headquarters building contains staff offices, and is used for some programs and special events.
Visitor Information Center
The Visitor Information Center is located on the left of the entry drive. It is a state of the art, hurricane resistant, and Green building. The office of the Volunteer Coordinator is located in the Visitor Information Center. Also located in the building is the Friends of Forsythe Nature Store. Displays such as a Touch Table and Bird Paintings are in the Main Display Room. Parking is available adjacent to the Visitor Information Center. The Visitor Information Center operating hours are: Weekdays: 10:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m.; Weekends: 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. The Visitor Information Center is closed on some Federal Holidays.
To protect fish and wildlife and the habitat upon which they depend, motor vehicles must stay on main roads and in designated parking areas. Do not drive on the dikes, service roads or off-road. ATV's, snowmobiles or other off-road vehicles are not permitted.