Know Before You Go
While out on the refuge, waterproof footgear or old sneakers are recommended during most seasons in the Wilderness Area. Mosquitoes, ticks, and deer flies may be numerous from May to September throughout the refuge, so insect repellent and protective clothing are advisable. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, which has been found in the area.Plan Your Visit
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
There are a wide variety of visitor activities available at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, environmental education and hunting.Learn more about the upcoming programs on the refuge.
Stop by the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center with it's new hours any day of the week from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The Friends Nature Shop will be open Thur-Fri noon-4:00pm Sat-Sun 10am-4pm.
In an effort to upgrade refuge's facilities and infrastructure, staff will be working on roads, roofs, and utilities from 7/1/15 – 1/1/16. Please be aware that there may be some closures to the visitor center and Pleasant Plains Road during these upgrades.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located only 26 miles west of New York City’s Times Square. It is a 12-square-mile natural oasis in an area that is mostly suburban, making the refuge an outstanding area for migrating waterfowl to stop, rest and feed on their migration.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Main photo - Jim Mulvey
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2015