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Posted Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Due to temporary state-mandated employee furloughs, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is temporarily restricting access to some Wildlife Management Areas in Morris County, Northwest Jersey and throughout the state during July.

Splitrock Reservoir in Rockaway Township

Splitrock Reservoir in Rockaway Township

In Morris County, Split Rock Reservoir and its boat lauch area in Rockaway Township is off limits for the rest of this month.

State government employee furloughs are underway in July as a result of agreements reached between the state and public employee unions to address the economic downtown resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife manages the state’s Wildlife Management Areas, and is authorized to limit access to these areas in order to protect public health, safety, and the environment during this time period.

Here is a list (below) of North Jersey areas that have restricted access. For a list of all Wildlife Management Areas statewide affected by the temporary access restrictions, visit


WMA  Specific Area
Round Valley Boat Ramp
Wildcat Ridge Split Rock Reservoir
Ken Lockwood Gorge Ken Lockwood Gorge
Rieglesville Boat Launch Rieglesville Boat Launch
Belvidere Boat Launch Belvidere Boat Launch
Clinton Shotgun Range
Clinton Archery Range
Clinton Rifle Range
Pequest Archery Range
Black River Shotgun Range
Flatbrook Shotgun / Archery range