Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Spring

    Purchase a Refuge Pass!

    Wildlife Drive Passes and Annual Refuge Hunting Permits can now be purchased on Forsythe's Permit and Pass Site.

    Click here to purchase your own pass!

  • Snowy Owl

    Forsythe Big Nature Year

    We invite you to spend 2020 observing and counting wildlife on the refuge. All for fun and prizes!

    Find out more!

Around the Refuge

Interactive Map

Interactive map

Use this interactive map to help you find trails, boat launches, boundaries, and hunting access sites and areas. You’ll be able to view different map layers to get the information you need to plan your next visit.

Interactive map

Re-opening of Refuge Trails

Consistent with National, State, and local efforts to re-open public facilities in a safe and prudent manner considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the deCamp Wildlife Trail and Cedar Bonnet Island Trail at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Ocean County, NJ will re-open on Monday June 15, 2020. Public and staff safety is the number one priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We encourage wildlife refuge visitors to adhere to CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines for social distancing (6 feet), group size limits, and wearing of facial coverings when appropriate.

What's Happening

Attention Hunters!

Hunting page

Hunting season 2020/2021 regulations are now updated. Click here for maps and more information.

Hunting page

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.

Learn more about the NWRS