• Canada Geese

    Wintering Waterfowl

    Enjoy fall and winter migrants at Blackwater NWR! View the latest waterfowl surveys for the refuge.

    Go to the survey page.

  • Junior Duck Stamp 2017-18 Rotator

    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    Blackwater NWR will host the judging of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland on February 16, 2019.

    Contest details

  • Volunteer Logo Rotator

    Volunteer Power!

    Blackwater volunteers were recently honored for their efforts. Learn how volunteers make a difference every day at Blackwater NWR!

    Details here

Around the Refuge

Partial Closure of Drive

Wildlife Drive

NOTICE! Wildlife Drive will be partially closed beginning February 19 for 2 to 3 days.

Details here.

Eagle Festival Cancelled

Eagle head

Unfortunately due to several factors, we have sadly had to cancel the 2019 Eagle Festival. It will return bigger and better next year!

2019 Turkey Hunt

Wild Turkey Promo

The 2019 Spring Turkey Hunt information has been posted! Applications will be available February 16.

Go to the hunt page.

News and Events

Bluebird on Sign

All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page
Explore the Refuge!

Visit Blackwater!

Red Bellied Woodpecker

You can see incredible wildlife at the refuge every month of the year!

Wildlife Calendar

About the Complex

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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