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Edwin B. Forsythe
National Wildlife Refuge


Atlantic City skyline from Forsythe NWR
Great Creek Road
Oceanville, NJ   08231
E-mail: forsythe@fws.gov
Phone Number: 609-652-1665
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Edwin_B_Forsythe/
The refuge's location in one of the Atlantic Flyway's most active flight paths makes it an important link in the vast network of national wildlife refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
We are in the process of developing our environmental education program. Scouting groups, home-school groups and formal school groups are encouraged to contact the main office to arrange programs.

Fishing
Seasonal fishing and crabbing are permitted in designated areas of both the Brigantine and Barnegat Divisions, under Federal and State regulations. These areas include: Salt water fishing (from land) at Gravelling Point, Little Beach (with permit), Parkertown Dock Rd, Cedar Run Dock Rd, and Stafford Ave. Boats may be launched at the Brigantine Division's Scotts Landing boat ramp, located at the end of Scotts Landing Road, off Moss Mill Road, at Leeds Point. Fresh water fishing is permitted on Lily Lake in Oceanville.

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Hunting
Seasonal waterfowl and deer hunting are permitted in designated areas of both the Brigantine and Barnegat Divisions, under Federal and State regulations. Boats may be launched at the Brigantine Division's Scotts Landing boat ramp, located at the end of Scotts Landing Road, off Moss Mill Road, at Leeds Point.

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Interpretation
A sales outlet, operated by trained volunteers of the Friends of Forsythe, is open weekends during the spring and fall months. Interpretive brochures and other information are available at the Visitor Information Booth.

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Wildlife Observation
Most of the refuge's public use facilities are located at the Brigantine Division headquarters area in Oceanville, open daily sunrise to sunset. This site provides exceptional wildlife viewing, photography, and environmental education opportunities. Best wildlife viewing occurs in spring and fall. The Stay Focused Photography Club meets the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 in the refuge auditorium.


Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

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Hours
Headquarters is open weekdays all year from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and at other times for special events.

The Wildlife Drive and trails are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. At various times during the year we must close the Wildlife Drive and trails to the public to carry out wildlife management plans. Organized groups are requested to contact the refuge to register their visits in advance.

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Entrance Fees
A daily permit is required of all visitors to the Wildlife Drive unless they possess an annual pass or lifetime passport. A Forsythe Refuge Specific Annual Pass is available for $12.00. Environmental Education Groups with waiver-free
Private vehicle - $4.00
Pedestrian - $2.00
Bicyclist - $2.00
Commercial van or bus up to 20 passengers - $20.00
21 or more passengers - $30.00

 
 
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