Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area

Park Overview:

Primary use is hunting and fishing; one blazed trail accessible through Mahlon Dickerson Reservation.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:See park description
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:3667 acres
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The 3,600-acre Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area is in the rugged Farny Highlands on the eastern edge of Mahlon Dickerson Reservation north of Lake Hopatcong. 

Regulations for Wildlife Management Areas, including for dogs, can be found by clicking here.

Trails Overview:

The Beaver Brook Trail [white] beginning in Mahlon Dickerson Reservation extends south into Rockaway River WMA.  See Mahlon Dickerson Reservation: While on that page click on the Web Map link which shows connecting trails to Beaver Brook Trail, as well as a partial map of the wildlife area. The trail actually continues on to its ending (or beginning) at Berkshire Valley Rd in Jefferson, at the corner of Taylor Rd.  Best bet is to purchase the Trail Conference's Jersey Highands map set linked above.

With new beaver activity at the top of the hill at the power line crossing (displayed on Web Map referenced above) - the trail crossing can be flooded.

It's reported the best part of a hike along Beaver Brook Trail south from Mahlon Dickerson is to Lost Lake.


Directions to Mahlon Dickerson Reservation: From I-80 exit for Route 15 [north]. Proceed on Route 15 [north]  5 Miles to Weldon Road Exit - Take Weldon Road and travel approximately 4 miles east.  The reservation is on both sides of the road.

Contact Information:NJ DEP, Div of Fish & Wildlife
Region:Morris County