WRJA owns an estimated 2,000 acres of pristine forest designated as watershed spanning Berks and Lebanon Counties. Most of our land is open for restricted recreational day use (see our land use rules below) with the exception of our 35-acre farm and maintenance barn located on S. Sheridan Road near Newmanstown (Lebanon County). This property is clearly posted "No Trespassing" and is completely closed to public access. In addition, several boundary line 'No Crossover' points exist. No Crossover points are clearly marked with 'No Trespass" signs. Property-line Crossover, including game retrieval, is prohibited at posted locations.
Effective January 2021 the WRJA Board of Directors adopted a detailed land use policy to help ensure the survival of the forest for generations to come.
Tampering with a public water system is a Federal Offense.
Federal Statute (42 U.S.C. 300i-1)
Pennsylvania Statute (35 P.S 721.13 (j) (1)
I'm on WRJA Land, Right?
While enjoying WRJA watershed you may encounter 'No Trespassing' signage on or near property lines. Please respect our neighboring land owners right to close their land to public access and obey no trespassing signs.
Dead End Trails
Be alert for dead end trails. This unneighborly situation occurs at property lines when property owners create 'private trails' to access our land for their personal use but deny other WRJA land users access across their land. A dead end trail usually terminates at a property line posted with a no trespassing sign.
No Trespassing Signs
What Should I Do?
I'm on WRJA land but I was told I am trespassing!
If confronted and told you are trespassing it is best to leave the area as requested (even if you believe you are on public access WRJA land).
If safe to do so (do not challenge or provoke):
- Ask the persons name and/or property owners name
- Aquire and save your current GPS coordinates (Lat/Long)
Report encounters using our LAND USE VIOLATION link.
WRJA will investigate.
Land Use Rules
Day Use Only
NO TRESPASSING - Sunset to Sunrise
BE SAFE - BE SEEN
Texter Mt. Road Access - George W. Wertz, Tract
Accessing from William Penn State Forest
Unlike William Penn Forest (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) - WRJA is a privately owned and protected watershed that is part of the WRJA public water system. When visiting WRJA watershed please note that our mission and land use rules are different from Willam Penn State Forest.
William Penn State Forest
ALL MOTORIZED VEHICLES including motorcycles, ATV’s, UTV's, snowmobiles, etc.are PROHIBITED.
Note: electric power bicycles are motorized vehicles and prohibited.
NOTICE: Operators of motorized vehicles are subject to criminal prosecution. TRESPASS BY MOTOR VEHICLE PROSECUTED under 75 Pa.C.S. § 3717 (Pennsylvania Vehicle Code)
Exemption: Vehicles operated by WRJA and our contractors, Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire, and power company service vehicles.
ALL Fishing regulations apply on WRJA land and enforced by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
ALL Game regulations apply on WRJA land and enforced by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Please view our new tree stand policy that became effective January 01, 2021.