|Rancocas Nature Center|
North of the Rancocas Creek and adjacent to Rancocas State park is a 130-year old farmhouse. The farmhouse, turned into a nature center by the New Jersey Audubon Society, has a museum, bookshop, and classroom. The habitats protected here include a freshwater marsh, a mixed-oak forest, old field...
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area
|Description: The three lakes at Assunpink are popular rest stops for migration waterfowl in the fall. Adjacent to large area of fields and hedgerows, Assunpink is one of the best birding areas in central New Jersey.|
Wildlife to Watch: Pull into any of the grassy parking areas near the office. In the spring and summer, these fields are home to grassland bird species, including grasshopper sparrows and vesper sparrows. Throughout the year hawks fly over, and owls come out at dusk and dawn. White-tailed deer and red foxes are plentiful and northern harriers cruise the fields for smaller mammals. Assunpink and Stone Tavern lakes contain largemouth bass, chain pickerel, and pumpkinseed, and are popular with Canada geese and a variety of ducks during their fall migration. Drive along the road that parallels Assunpink Lake, the largest on the tract, for good views of waterfowl.
Special Tips: Assunpink WMA is a natural area with no facilities. OPEN FOR HUNTING DURING PRESCRIBED SEASONS.
Ownership: NJDEP, Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
Size: 5664 acres
Closest Town: Roosevelt, Clarksburg, and Highstown
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: