Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

Deer

2018-2019 Hunt Permits On Sale Now.

2018-19 Hunting permit sales started April 2nd, 2018.

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What's Happening

Water, water everywhere!

Winding Waters Trail in Snow

The rain has finally stopped and the raging floodwaters have subsided a bit in the Wallkill River. Some of our trails sustained serious damage. The Liberty Loop will be closed until Spring 2019. The east side of this loop, also known as the old railroad bed, escaped harm and remains open. Watch for alerts, or call the office for updated trail conditions before you go for a hike.

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).

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: pres@friendsofwallkillriver.org

Friends of Wallkill River

About the Complex

Lenape National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lenape National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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