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To celebrate our avian resources, the county has recently instituted the Winter Raptor Festival and the Purple Martin Festival, which use the areas east and west of the Mauricetown Bridge as viewing sites and also guide people to other sites to enjoy the extensive bird life in our region. (Call the Cumberland County Department of Planning and Development at 856-553-2177 for dates and locations.)

For the artist and history buff, the often-painted East Point Light, built in 1849 and the last remaining lighthouse on the Delaware Bay, is also worth seeing. With its rivers, marshes, meadows, and breathtaking sunsets, Maurice River Township offers a special environment indeed both to its residents and its visitors!

Photos by Johanna Carrara, Leslie Ficcaglia and Greg Honachefsky.
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Things to see and do in Maurice River Township, NJ

  • Shorebird migration in May at the Delaware Bay towns of Moore's Beach, East Point, and Thompson's Beach, PSE&G public viewing platform at Thompson's Beach
  • Neotropical songbird migration, both spring and fall, around East Point

Birds Nesting
  • Autumn raptor migration around East Point/Delaware Bay
  • Wintering waterfowl and raptors with large populations of bald eagles on the Maurice River
  • Nesting bald eagles hunting the Maurice from early spring through summer
  • The osprey colony project, established by Citizens United, approximately 27 active nests along the Maurice

Sensitive Joint Vetch - Aeschynomene VirginicaWildlife Management Areas
  • Heislerville and Corson Fish and Wildlife Management Areas, near Heislerville
  • Peaslee Wildlife Management Area, containing much of the headwaters of the Manumuskin River and Muskee Creek, includes Cumberland Pond on Route 49
  • Nesting bald eagles hunting the Maurice from early spring through summer
  • Menantico Wildlife Management Area, at the head of the Menantico River

The Manumuskin Preserve, a 3,200 acre parcel owned by The Nature Conservancy, is home to numerous threatened and endangered species. Hikes and other activities are offered by The Nature Conservancy, call 609-861-0600.

Wild and Scenic Rivers

Maurice River Township includes all four of the recently designated Wild and Scenic Rivers - the Maurice, the Menantico, the Manumuskin and the Muskee Creek. Although they contain typical Pine Barrens flora and fauna, each has its own unique characteristics. Of particular interest, the Manumuskin drainage basin harbors thirty-two rare plants, making it one of the most botanically significant areas in New Jersey. The reptile and mammal diversity is unusual and 15 of New Jersey's 25 threatened and endangered bird species breed here.

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  • Spring Garden Marina in Port Elizabeth: 856-825-5334
  • Penny Hill Boat Yard & Marina in Dorchester: 856-785-0100
  • Boat World Marina in Leesburg: 856-785-9878
  • Berry's Driftwood marina in Heislerville: 856-785-2293
  • Andy's Marina in Heislerville: 856-785-0101
  • Anchor Marina in Heislerville: 856-785-9899
  • Haase's Marina in Heislerville: 856-785-7001

Family Restaurants
  • Papa Luigi's, 825-4955
  • Maurice River Dinner, 856-327-4433
  • George's Pizzeria, 856-785-0700

Muskrat Crossing SignHistoric Villages & Structures
  • Port Elizabeth, 1785
  • Dorchester, mid 1600's (by Swedish), has been a shipbuilding town for over 200 years
  • Leesburg, late 1700's
  • Heislerville, late 1700's
  • East Point Lighthouse, built in 1849. Last remaining lighthouse on the Cumberland County Delaware bayshore. Maintained by Maurice River Historical Society and frequent subject for artists.
Photos by Johanna Carrara, Leslie Ficcaglia and Greg Honachefsky.

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