WMA of the Month – Amwell Lake

The 85-acre Amwell Lake Wildlife Management Area located in East Amwell Township at the foot of the Sourland Mountains in Southern Hunterdon County contains picturesque waters surrounded by rolling farmland.


The centerpiece of this WMA is the angling action in the popular 10-acre fishing lake. Amwell Lake is stocked with trout, largemouth bass fishing is excellent and channel catfish up to 16 pounds have been caught. Other species present include bluegill sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, white catfish, brown bullhead, golden shiners and killifish.

Small boats are permitted but this lake allows for electric motors only. There is no ramp to speak of for trailered boats, so it is best navigated via car-top boat, canoe, or kayak.


The entire perimeter of the lake is a WMA, but no public hunting is permitted.


The parking area is located via accessing a narrow paved road off the northbound side of State Route 31, just north of the Harbourton turn off. The WMA signage is highly visible from the road.  There is ample room for up to 50 cars.

Owned by New Jersey Department of Environmental ProtectionFish & Wildlife, the Wildlife Management Area System is comprised of more than 360,000 acres in 122 areas throughout the state, which is more than 44% of New Jersey’s state-owned public open space. WMAs are maintained and supported with funding from license sales, the Federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and the Wildlife Habitat Supporter Program.

If you are interested in supporting the maintenance of Amwell Lake WMA and other Wildlife Management Areas, become a Wildlife Habitat Supporter by donating now:

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WMA Regulations

WMAs are patrolled by NJ Fish & Wildlife Conservation Police Officers to ensure public safety. If you see violations while visiting a WMA, please call the 24-hour DEP hotline at 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337).

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