All MCR trails are open for visitors enjoyment. 

MCR welcomes our visitors to enjoy all of the recreational opportunities that Merrill Creek has to offer, but we ask for your cooperation in being respectful to your fellow visitors, as well as MCR employees, and maintain social distancing and wear a mask when interacting with others.

Additionally, we expect that visitation may be heavier than normal so please be sure to adhere to all rules and regulations.

The Visitor Center will remain closed. 

We appreciate our visitors understanding while we are closed during this most challenging time.


Merrill Creek Reservoir

Merrill Creek Reservoir is a 650-acre reservoir surrounded by a 290-acre Environmental Preserve and 2000 additional acres of woods and fields.

Its basic purpose is to provide stored water that can be released to the Delaware River to make up for the evaporative water usage at certain electric generating units in times of low flow in the river.

In addition to that basic purpose, Merrill Creek Reservoir provides a tranquil setting of water and land that allows people to interact with the natural environment.



Hawk Watch 2021 begins September 1, 2021.

Be sure to check our our Hawk Watch page for news and updates on the amazing hawks seen at Merrill Creek! MCR Hawk Watch continues to be eventful with the sighting of over 10,000 different species of hawks spotted so far including a Bobolink, a Mississippi Kite, a Swainson’s Hawk in September, and a beautiful Grey Ghost in October. The Watch continues through November so there is still time to come out and enjoy the experience!