Visitor Activities

Fishing event on the refuge - Friends of Supawna Meadows NWR.
  • Hunting

    Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is open for deer hunting (bow only) and waterfowl hunting only. Small game and turkey hunting are NOT permitted. Trapping is NOT permitted. In addition to state laws and regulations (found in the annual NJ Hunting and Trapping Digest), specific federal regulations apply. See refuge regulations/maps for additional information and/or call the refuge headquarters for more information.

    Access from Lighthouse Road is prohibited. 

    Supawna Meadows hunting regulations (pdf)
    Hunting map 

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Two foot trails through the refuge’s varied habitats provided excellent opportunities for wildlife observation. The Forest Habitat Trail winds through a hardwood forest and scrub/shrub habitat around a pond. The best time to walk this trail is in spring when you are likely to hear choruses of spring peepers and Southern leopard frogs.

    The Grassland Trail winds through a small portion of upland forest overlooking the finger of a tidal marsh at an observation platform then extends through a grassland area. In the winter you are likely to see a northern harriers and American kestrels foraging over the grassland. Songbirds are present throughout the summer.

  • Interpretation

    Self-guided interpretation is available at refuge trailheads and along trails using wayside exhibits. 

    Friends of Supawna Meadows NWR open the Finns Point Rear Range Light one weekend a month from April-November (weather depending), which offers spectacular views of the refuge and a link to the maritime past of life along the Delaware River. To learn more, visit http://www.friendsofsupawnarefuge.org/

  • Photography

    Large numbers of waterfowl, particularly American black ducks, northern pintail, and mallards may be seen in the winter. During the breeding season, a variety of wading birds can be seen in the tidal marshes of the refuge which provide important foraging habitat. A photo blind is accessible from the Grassland Trail provides opportunities to see raptors (in winter) and songbirds (throughout the summer).

  • Environmental Education

    The refuge has two trails which wind through grassland, upland forest, forested wetlands, and pond habitats among which teachers and students can learn about the environment. Please contact the refuge or Friends of Supawna Meadows NWR for more information.

  • Fishing

    The refuge offers fishing year-round in designated areas of Mud Creek, Mill Creek, Baldridge Creek, and Mannington Meadow.  Access and fishing from Lighthouse Road is prohibited.  Species caught include channel catfish, white catfish, striped bass, and white perch.  The refuge also sponsors an annual freshwater Youth Fishing Derby for ages 14 and under in June.  Call the refuge for details.

    Map of fishing on the refuge