Welcome to the Maurice River!

The Maurice River and its tributaries, the Menantico, Manumuskin, and the Muskee, flow through five southern New Jersey municipalities, four of which are located in rural Cumberland County. As small creeks the narrow freshwater tributaries, overhung with trees, meander through Vineland and Buena Vista Township; by the time they reach Millville, Maurice River Township, and Commercial Township their size has increased, and they are navigable by motorboat. The Maurice itself widens to become Union Lake at Millville and from there it winds through south Millville and, flanked by low salt marsh, divides Commercial and Maurice River Townships on its trip to the Delaware Bay.

Historic Maurice River

Historically the Maurice River has an extensive maritime history centering around oystering and other fisheries. This rich cultural background is a primary reason for the inclusion of the river system in the Wild and Scenic program. Together with the area's unparalleled natural resources, including numerous threatened and endangered plant, animal, and bird species, it makes the watershed a unique place to visit.

Historic Maurice River
Commercial Township

Other Sites of Interest

  • Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and its Tributaries - History, information, and action items about the Maurice River's grassroots conservation organization.
  • Natural Lands Trust - Land protection efforts include a 1,000-acre Mauricetown Preserve and the Peek Preserve near Millville.
  • The Nature Conservancy - With offices near Delmont, TNC holds lands along the Maurice River and its tributaries, including the 3500-acre Manumuskin Preserve.
  • New Jersey Pinelands Commission - Information about the Pinelands Protection Area.
  • Pinelands Preservation Alliance - The Pinelands' non-profit watchdog organization.
  • New Jersey Audubon - Birding and birding workshops in NJ.
  • Haskin Shellfish Research Lab - The Rutgers oyster research site in Cumberland County (this is the new url for this site http://hsrl.rutgers.edu/)
  • Cumberland County Birding - Birding in NJ.