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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.
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Around the Refuge
This trio of hikers on the Appalachian Trail passed through the refuge on July 14. They are through hikers which means they are hiking the entire length of the trail in one season. Their journey started at Springer Mountain in Georgia in March and the ultimate goal is to reach the northern terminus of the Trail at Mount Katahdin in Maine before the end of September. This hike covers over 2,100 miles from start to finish. By the time hikers get to the refuge they have already covered more than 1,300 miles averaging about 15 miles a day. Throughout the month of July, we see a steady stream of through hikers every day and it is always enjoyable talking to them about their experiences on the trail.
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: Jul 21, 2015