Trail Guides
Pennsauken Wildlife Management Area - Stop & Scan

DeRousse Avenue, Pennsauken, NJ
Phone: (856) 629-0090

OWNER:  NJ Department of Environmental Protection

DIRECTIONS:  From Cooper River Park, turn Left onto North Park Drive. After 0.8 miles turn Right onto Route 130/Crescent Boulevbard. After 2.9 miles, turn Left on Cove Road. After 0.8 miles turn Right onto River Road. After 0.5 miles turn Left onto DeRousse Avenue and proceed to the parking area at the riverfront.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY:  From the Intersection of Route 130 and Route 73 in Palmyra, continue South on Route 130. At the 3rd light, continue straight onto Westfield Avenue. Make the first Right onto DeRousse Avenue. Continue for 1.3 miles to the parking area at the riverfront.   Map

ACCESS AND PARKING:  It’s a WMA, so it’s WILD! See information elsewhere in this brochure. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

NEAREST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  New Jersey Transit Bus Lines No. 419 Camden/Route 73-Pennsauken Station/Burlington stops at DeRousse & River Avenues. Walk 1 block on DeRousse Avenue. New Jersey Transit Bus Lines No. 409 Trenton/Willingboro/Philadelphia stops at Route 130 & Westfield Avenue. Walk 6 blocks on Derousse Avenue. Turn Left on Westfield Avenue. Walk 2 blocks on Westfield Avenue and continue straight for a bit. Walking distance is less than 1 mile.

A CLOSER LOOK:  Heritage Park/ Tippons Pond – another good scanning area is located just around the corner from Pennsauken WMA. Follow Derousse Avenue back to River Road and turn Right. After 0.5 miles, turn Right onto Cove Road. Continue 0.2 miles to the parking area on the Left. Two fishing docks offer nice scanning points on Tippons Pond, and across the railroad tracks, a 0.25 mile boardwalk leads to a platform over a sheltered cove along the river. Both areas often harbor waterfowl, wading birds, and migrant raptors and songbirds in season.

Stop and ScanSITE DESCRIPTION:  Wedged between Betsy Ross Bridge and a train bridge, Pennsauken Access WMA provides an interesting Stop and Scan point on the Delaware River. The expected urban wildlife is present and frequent visits may yield interesting waterfowl and raptors as well. This is also a good spot for anglers to fish for shad, river herring, striped bass, channel catfish, and perch.

DON'T MISS:  Spring and Fall are the best seasons to visit, when the number and variety of migratory waterfowl, raptors, and other birds is at its peak.

Winter:  Waterfowl such as Double-crested Cormorant, Common Merganser, Tundra Swan, Bufflehead, Canada Goose, Canvasback and both Scaup may be present. Great Cormorant and Common Goldeneye pass through on occasion. Check the bridges for Peregrine Falcon and keep an eye on the sky for Bald Eagles.
Spring:  Northern Shoveler, Green and Blue-Winged Teal, Hooded Merganser and Black Duck are among waterfowl moving North along the River. Peregrine Falcons nest either on the train bridge or on Betsy Ross Bridge every year. They are conspicuous and noisy in Spring and can put on quite a show as they pursue pigeons and gulls.
Summer:  Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin and Chimney Swift can be seen catching insects over the river. Laughing Gulls are abundant. The docks offer a vantage point from which to scan the shoreline to the East and West for Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret and Belted Kingfisher. Striped bass, river herring, shad, yellow perch and channel catfish can be caught in the river. Decorative ornamental shrubs around the parking lot are visited by butterflies.
Fall:  Migrating waterfowl include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Ruddy Duck, Mallard, Canvasback and Ring-necked Duck. Gulls, terns and shorebirds are passing through as well. Raptors such as Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin and Bald Eagle follow the river South.

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