Bureau of Land Management National Park Service US Fish and Wildlife Service US Forest Service

Maurice River, New Jersey

Managing Agency:

National Park Service, Philadelphia Office


Designated Reach:

December 1, 1993. The segment from the U.S. Geological Survey Station at Shellpile to the south side of the Millville sewage treatment plant. The tributaries designated include: Menantico Creek from its confluence with the Maurice River to the base of the Impoundment at Menantico Lake; the Manumuskin River from its confluence with the Maurice to its headwaters near Route 557; and Muskee Creek from its confluence with the Maurice River to the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line Railroad Bridge.


Classification/Mileage:

Scenic — 28.9 miles; Recreational — 6.5 miles; Total — 35.4 miles.

Maurice River

Maurice River

In 1993, the Maurice River and several tributaries—including Menantico and Muskee Creeks and the Manumuskin River—were added to the National Wild and Scenic River System. The Maurice (pronounced "morris") River corridor is an unusually pristine Atlantic Coastal river with national and internationally important resources. As part of the Atlantic Flyway, its clean waters and related habitats are vitally important to the migration of shorebirds, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, rails and fish. Other important resources include a rare and endangered joint vetch, shortnose sturgeon, striped bass, and a pre-historic settlement site. Historically, the Maurice is home to a rich fishing, boating and oystering heritage. The Maurice River flows through what was once an oyster harvesting town; you can still see buildings and activities related to this industry. The river supports New Jersey's largest stand of wild rice and 53 percent of the animal species that New Jersey has recognized as endangered, excluding marine mammals.

The Maurice River is a critical link between the Pinelands National Reserve and the Delaware Estuary—both nationally and internationally important. The Maurice River corridor serves as the western boundary of the Pinelands and includes the cities of Vineland and Millville, and the Townships of Maurice River, Commercial and Buena Vista.

The Maurice National Scenic and Recreational River is located near the urban centers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Trenton and Camden, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware.