Archery Classes Now Forming
The refuge will be offering basic archery instruction for children ages 10 and up through the National Archery in the Schools Program.
America the Beautiful Passes Sold Here
Planning a trip? A Federal Parks Pass may save you money. Call 973-702-7266 x 10 for availability.
Our process for sale of hunt permits is changing. Updated information will be posted here shortly. Call 973-702-7266 x 18 for questions.
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
Meet Our Friends
The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact: email@example.com
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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With warm temperatures and widespread open water, the spring waterfowl migration is in full swing very early this year. As of the third week of February, there have been several hundred Northern Pintails along with many Mallards, Black Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks and American Wigeon already present at the Liberty Loop Impoundments. Over the next couple of weeks these numbers should continue to grow as more and more fowl pass through the Wallkill Valley on their way to the northern breeding grounds. Also be on the lookout for some of the much less common species such as Redheads, Canvasbacks and Tundra Swans that may mix in with the large flocks. In addition to the Liberty Loop, it is usually worth checking out the ponds at Owens Station Crossing for more waterfowl.
Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).
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: Mar 15, 2017