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Paulins Kill

Early Autumn on the Paulins Kill

Bordering the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Paulins Kill Watershed is home to four Wildlife Management Areas, two State Forests, and the oldest state park in New Jersey. 

No wonder it's renowned among hunters, hikers, and nature lovers.

Did you know?

The Paulins Kill watershed is home to:

22,229 acres preserved publicly owned land

77 managed fishing miles (wild or stocked)

1 public swimming area

7 public access fishing ponds

60 miles hiking trails

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Who benefits from a healthy watershed?

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Photo (c) Nicholas A. Tonelli

Current Challenges

The health of the Paulins Kill watershed faces a number of challenges that can be easily addressed with the right tools, protections, and cooperation:​​

  • Flooding and excess stormwater runoff from towns and farms raise water temperatures, harming fish and encouraging bacteria in fishable, swimmable waters

  • Poor septic tank management, contributing to toxic algae outbreaks

  • Poorly planned development close to delicate headwaters

  • Over 100 miles of vulnerable waterway without sufficient protections

If not managed and protected now, communities could miss out on the watershed's many recreational and economic benefits for good.

Anne's Story

"For 15 years I lived in Jersey City and commuted daily to Manhattan where I worked for a major investment company.  For me, the Great Waters region was a refuge from the noise, the crowds, and the everyday stress of the living and working in the city . . ."

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You can help keep the Paulins Kill watershed great.

Do you live, hike, and fish in the Paulins Kill watershed?  Do you love to visit the natural beauty and enjoy all of the recreational opportunities it has to offer?  

Many of our local leaders have stepped up to protect our great waters and landscapes by working on smarter zoning, sensible development, and land preservation. Now, we're asking them to use their power and call on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to fix outdated state-level water protections to keep these cherished waters great for generations to come. 


Whether you're a mayor, a mom, or a master angler, you have the power to safeguard our state's great waters for generations to come. Sign the petition and check out our municipal action guide:



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