The Wildlife Drive
Visit Blackwater's Wildlife Drive! This 4-mile paved road passes through some of the most diverse habitat in the refuge. Whether you are driving, cycling, or walking, the Drive will provide you great opportunities to view wildlife and spectacular scenery!
About the Complex
There are four refuges and 5 divisions in the complex.
Blackwater is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
The new 2014/15 deer and waterfowl hunting information is now available for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our hunting page to download the hunting maps and applications.Hunting at Blackwater
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating the life and history of Harriet Tubman, whose heroic actions helped many slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.Learn more about Harriet Tubman.
Check out the raptor cams at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can view the osprey nest and bald eagle nest either online or from the refuge visitor center. Learn more on the raptor cams page.Raptor Cams Page
The Delmarva peninsula fox squirrel (DFS) is a large tree squirrel that lives in mature hardwood and pine forests throughout the Delmarva peninsula. Currently listed as an endangered species, this squirrel is found at only a few sites on the eastern shore, with Blackwater refuge hosting the largest natural population.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunset at the refuge - Ray Paterra/USFWS.
Last Updated: Nov 23, 2014