|Floodgates Road, Greenwich Township, NJ
Phone: (856) 423-1038
The park is open daily dawn to dusk. An additional small parking area is available on the left side of Floodgates road when approaching the road end. Do not park along the one-lane road at the top of the dike.
From High Hill Road turn Right on Route 130. After 1.6 miles turn Right on Barker Avenue/Stump Road. Make the first left onto Main Street/Route 44 North. After 1.7 miles, turn Left onto Repaupo Station/Floodgates Road. Proceed for 1.6 miles to the road end, and turn Right at the top of the dike. Keep Right to reach the parking area at Riverfront Park.
DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY: From I-295/130 take exit 14 and proceed North on Repaupo Station Road. After crossing Route 44, Repaupo Station Road becomes Floodgates Road. Proceed for 1.6 miles to the road end and turn Right at the top of the dike. Keep Right to reach the parking area at Riverfront Park. Map
|Floodgates Road is fairly secluded and runs through swampy habitat on the way to a tidal pool and scenic overlook on the Delaware River. There are many good spots from which to scan for wildlife. At the end, a perpendicular dirt road runs along the river affording good high-vantage point views of the woods and marshes on one side and the river on the other. So much water attracts many migrants in season, and river dwellers, like cormorants, ducks and gulls, are visible all year. At low tide, it's a great place for wading birds too.
Hike the trails across the grassy area in front of the main parking area for more swamp viewing of ducks, geese, wading birds, turtles, and other wildlife.
Bald Eagles can be spotted fishing over the river. Waterfowl includes Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Black Duck, Mallard, Double Crested Cormorant, and occasionally Great Cormorant. Gulls are also present. Great Blue Heron nests can be seen through the trees to the North at Mond’s Island.
Wading birds such as Great Egret and Green Heron are among the migrants that abound on the shoreline. Prothonotary Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and other songbirds enjoy the woods, as well as Wood Ducks and Wild Turkeys.
There is an abundance of aquatic life in the river and wetlands. Forsters Terns, gulls and often Bald Eagles fish in the area, while turtles sun themselves at the lakes. Great Blue Herons fly back and forth from Mond’s Island to feed their nestlings.
Migrating waterbirds are passing through and the falling leaves enable better viewing into the marshes. Keep an eye out for Red-shouldered and Cooper’s Hawks in the woods, and Osprey over the River.