Regulations for use of Wildlife Management Areas are established by the Division of Fish and Wildlife with penalties of not less than $50 nor more than $1,500. Information on these regulations and permit applications may be obtained by writing to the Division of Fish and Wildlife, MC 501-03, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420. The Division may revoke any permit or other authorization issued for violation or due cause.
Wildlife Management Area Regulations
The following are prohibited: camping, swimming, picnicking, dumping, cutting or damaging vegetation, removing timber or firewood, alcoholic beverages and fires.
Wildlife Management Areas are closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. unless engaged in lawful hunting, fishing or trapping activities. Special permission may be granted for division approved activities.
No person shall operate an unregistered vehicle on roads under the control of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. All motor vehicles are restricted to established public roads and parking areas. The use of dog sleds and dog carts, off-road vehicles, ATVs, trailbikes or snowmobiles is prohibited on all Wildlife Management Areas unless authorized by the Division.
Only archery, shotgun, muzzleloading shotgun, muzzleloading rifle and .22 caliber rimfire rifle shooting is allowed in designated hunter training ranges. One member of the shooting party must have a current, valid New Jeresey hunting license.
The following types of ranges are available on designated WMAs statewide:
Shotgun Range: for use with clay birds and the patterning of fine shot (lead-free only shot at Assunpinkand Colliers Mills);
No permanent waterfowlblinds, including pit blinds, shall be constructed, hunted from or used in any manner on any of the following:
Dog Training and Exercising
Dogs may only be trained between Sept. 1 and Apr. 30. Some areas with designated dog training areas allow dog training all year. All dogs must be licensed according to state law.
NJAC: 7:25-2:20 - Dog Training Rules (pdf, 8kb)
Permits for use of Wildlife Management Areas for running of field trials may be granted by the Division.
This is allowed only on designated WMAs (listed below) with a permit purchased ($25.00 per person, per calendar year, plus $2.00 application fee) from the Division of Fish and Wildlife's license Web site at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com/. For information, call 609-259-2132.
Permittees are responsible and liable for any damage which may occur and shall abide by regulations for use of Wildlife Management Areas. Areas on which horseback riding is currently permitted in designated areas are:
Flatbrook and Whittingham, Sussex County
Mountain biking is allowed on existing trails and secondary roads on Wildlife Management Areas from March 1 to April 15 and June 1 to September 15, as well as on Sundays throughout the year. Bikes are permitted on major designated trails year round except for the Highlands Trail which passes through Berkshire Valley and Wildcat Ridge WMAs. Riding over any dam, wildlife food area, cultivated fields, lawns, gardens and fire break plow-lines is prohibited. Bikers are also prohibited from establishing any new trails through the destruction of existing vegetation.
Any club or organization that would like to use Division Wildlife Management Areas for fishing tournaments must secure a permit from the Division. An application must be submitted to obtain a use permit. Applications will be accepted in January at the Divisionís Southern Region office - call 856-629-4950 for information.
Only electric motors are allowed on freshwater areas with the exception of Union Lake where outboard motors not exceeding 10 hp. may be used. On Prospertown Lake, only manually operated boats and canoes are allowed. Please note that all titled boats must also be registered. In addition, any boat mechanically propelled, regardless of length, must be registered.
Any vehicle used to transport or launch a vessel or water conveyance on the following WMAs must have affixed to the lower corner of the driverís side rear window a Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit or a photocopy of a current hunting, fishing or trapping license showing the Conservation ID Number (CID#). Identifying information other than the CID# may be blacked out to protect your identity. Boat Ramp Maintenance Permits may be purchased for a fee of $15.00 from any license agent or the Division's license Web site (under "Wildlife Management Area Use Permits").
New Jersey residents 70 years and older are not required to obtain a boat ramp maintenance permit and need no license, but must affix to their window proof of age, such as a former license displaying your date of birth.
1. Round Valley Reservoir, Angler Access
Any questions regarding WMA regulations should be directed to the division law enforcement office nearest you - see the Contact Us page for contact information.