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  • Wildlife Drive and Trail Closures

    A large section of Wildlife Drive and the Key Wallace Trail will be closed on various days in fall and winter for deer management.

    Click here for closure dates.

  • Canada Geese

    Wintering Waterfowl

    View the latest waterfowl surveys for Blackwater NWR.

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    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    Blackwater NWR will host the judging of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland on February 18, 2017.

    Learn about the program and see 2016 contest results.

2017 Eagle Festival

Eagle Festival 2017

Eagle Festival Live Eagle Program

The 2017 Eagle Festival is scheduled for March 11. Join us for a day of family fun at the refuge! A tentative schedule will be posted soon!

About the Complex

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR 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

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.

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Around the Refuge

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunset at the refuge - Ray Paterra/USFWS.
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2017
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