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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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


WOC Temporary Closure

The Great Swamp Wildlife Observation Center is closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Important Things to Know

Wildlife Observation Center Update

As a public health precaution, and in response to NJ Executive Orders, the Wildlife Observation Center is temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors. Other refuge trails are open, however the parking lot, trails, boardwalks and viewing areas at the Wildlife Observation Center are all closed. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local authorities. Future updates will be posted here. Thank you for your cooperation.

America the Beautiful Park Passes

Interagency Park Passes may be purchased here at Great Swamp by appointment. Please contact Visitor Services Manager Jonathan Rosenberg at 973-425-1222 x1

Visitor Activities

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There are a wide variety of visitor activities available at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, environmental education and hunting.

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What's Happening

Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center Update


The Visitor Center is open by appointment only. Call 973-425-1222 x1. Refuge Trails and Pleasant Plains Road remain open.

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About the Complex

Lenape Refuge Complex

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lenape Refuge Complex.

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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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