Finding Injured or Orphaned Wildlife
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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.
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
If you are thinking about a paddle on the Wallkill River, we can report that recent rains have brought the river water levels back to near normal for this time of year. During the abnormally dry spell in April and May, the water level had dropped considerably and there were some shallow spots to get past. If you put in at the Rt. 565 boat access, you will encounter a couple of downed trees within the first mile that you will likely have to carry around. Be aware that the river bank is muddy and slippery and there can be poison ivy along the banks so use caution when carrying around.
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: Jun 17, 2015