Hunt Fee Proposal Up For Public Comment
Wallkill River Refuge is proposing a change to the hunt fee structure for refuge hunts and is seeking public input.
Prescribed Fire Planned For Refuge
This spring the refuge is planning to burn 64 acres of grasslands along the Dagmar Dale Trail in order to enhance and restore habitat.
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
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.
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Around the Refuge
At this time of year, late winter/early spring, it is easy to see why early settlers called the Wallkill River Valley “The Drowned Lands.” After a long winter of heavy snowfall which has been slowly melting and a recent rainfall, the Wallkill River has spread out well beyond its’ banks. Depending on where you are, it can be hard to tell where the riverbank begins or ends. The river runs for more than nine miles through the Wallkill River NWR so much of this flood plain is protected habitat. Over the next few weeks, thousands of migratory waterfowl will pass through the valley to rest and forage as they head to their northern breeding grounds. Many Mallards and Wood ducks will stay here to nest.
This is also the start of the paddling season for many water enthusiasts. With the faster moving water and water temperature still quite cold, please be sure to wear your life vest at all times when on the water. The refuge has three different launch areas where the river can be accessed for boating. They are on Rt. 565 in Vernon, Bassett’s Bridge Road in Wantage and Oil City Road in Pine Island NY. Please be aware that the southernmost stretch of the river from Rt. 565 is the most likely to have downed trees on the river but after a long, hard winter it is possible they could be anywhere.
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: Apr 02, 2014