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Planning a trip? A Federal Parks Pass may save you money. Call 973-702-7266 x 10 for availability.
Refuge Hunt Permits
The process for obtaining a refuge hunt permit has changed. Follow the link and obtain your permit today.
Every Kid in a Park
Free National Park Pass available to all fourth graders.
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.Events Calendar
Meet Our Friends
The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Around the Refuge
After a month of well above average temperatures in December, it is finally starting to feel a bit like winter. There is no snow on the ground but a few very cold mornings recently have iced over much of the open water in our impoundments, lakes and streams. A walk on the south loop of the Dagmar Dale Trail from our headquarters parking lot will lead to a very scenic waterfall that at least for the time being is encased in ice. Ice on the impoundments means no more ducks for the season but there are good numbers of Northern Harriers hunting the fields and a couple of Short-eared Owls have been reported. At Owens Station Crossing, spring fed water there keep some patches of water free of ice so this is a good place to look for any ducks and geese that are still in the area.
Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477).
The federally threatened bog turtle can be found in wetlands throughout the Wallkill River valley and the Papakating Creek Watershed. Endangered by habitat loss and poaching (the diminutive turtle is favored among illegal pet traders), this turtle is an important focus of the refuge’s conservation work. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2016