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    Volunteers Wanted

    Wallkill River is looking for volunteers to help with the biological program. Our link below will provide specific needs and how to apply.

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  • ArcheryClass

    May Archery Class

    The refuge will be offering basic archery instruction for children ages 10 and up through the National Archery in the Schools Program.

    Class Information

  • Gobbler


    2017 turkey permits will be sold in-person only while we transition to a new on-line sales company. Click link for application details.

    How to purchase your 2017 refuge turkey hunt permit.

  • Annual Pass

    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.


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Winter Raptor Event

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

Meet Our Friends

Friends Group Members pose with Blue Goose

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:


About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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What's Happening

  • The Drowned Lands

    Drowned Lands

    At this time of year it is easy to see why early settlers called the Wallkill River Valley “The Drowned Lands. With recent snowmelt and rainfall, the Wallkill River has spread out well beyond its’ banks. Depending on where you are, it can be hard to tell where the riverbank begins or ends. The river runs for more than nine miles through the Wallkill River NWR so much of this flood plain is protected habitat. Over the next few weeks, thousands of migratory waterfowl will pass through the valley to rest and forage as they head to their northern breeding grounds. Many Mallards and Wood ducks will stay here to nest. This is also the start of the paddling season for many water enthusiasts. With the faster moving water and water temperature still quite cold, please be sure to wear your life vest at all times when on the water. The refuge has three different launch areas where the river can be accessed for boating. They are on Rt. 565 in Vernon, Bassett’s Bridge Road in Wantage and Oil City Road in Pine Island NY. Please be aware that the southern most stretch of the river from Rt. 565 is the most likely to have downed trees on the river but after a long, hard winter it is possible they could be anywhere.

  • New Law Enforcement Hot Line Number

    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).

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2017
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