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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in Morris County, New Jersey. Established in 1960, it is one of more than 550 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.The refuge was declared a National Natural Landmark in May 1966. The eastern half of the refuge was designated as wilderness by Congress in 1968, making it the first wilderness area within the Department of the Interior.AdministrationThe refuge is managed by the federal United States Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the United States Department of the Interior. Refuge lands lie within the townships of Chatham, Harding, and Long Hill.HistoryGeologicThe Great Swamp is the remnant of a lake bottom of a once-mighty glacial lake called Glacial Lake Passaic that about 15,000 to 11,000 years ago extended for 30 miles (48 km) in length and was 10 miles (16 km) wide, in what is presently northern New Jersey. The lake was formed by the melting waters of the retreating Wisconsin Glacier at the end of the last Ice Age. The glacier had pushed a moraine ahead of its advance, a rubble of soil and rocks that plugged the existing outlet for the waters that drained into the area normally. As the retreating glacier melted, the waters rose to create the lake before a new outlet began to allow the water to exit at a much higher elevation, hence, the lake became established.
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  • When we travel long distances, we like to picnic. In New Jersey we have found this to be a problem for travelers just passing through. What a lovely, quiet spot for a picnic lunch. There are clean pic...  read more »
  • A glorious day before Hermine came up the seaboard. We spent four hours visiting three different locations in the Refuge. We managed to see/hear several species of birds as well as different types of ...  read more »
  • Even though it was a gray and rainy day we ventured into the swamp on the 4/10 walkabout. Was very relaxing and beautiful. As photographers, we know the greens and browns of the forest are so much mor...  read more »
  • This is a wonderful and huuuge place to visit, so come prepared for long and wonderful walks. The visit to the main office is a must. The volunteers and happy people that are always helpful and nice.
  • Beautiful place! I drive here everyday and I love it . Awesome!
  • While hardly on the national radar, this is a treasure for locals in the know. It's popular with school groups on field trips to study ecosystems, and with bikers for its flat circuits with little traffic. And, oh, it's NOT developed!
  • A great place to be one with nature,learn about things,plants,animals and nature. Trails to walk nice people nice views (good for photographers )0f the Great swamp,forrests,fields,brooks,ponds.If you like narure,you'll like this location.
  • Totally amazing experience. Real great and huge forest in the middle of NJ!
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