Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.

Features

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    2020 Turkey Hunt Information

    The 2020 Turkey Hunt information is now available, including information about our new on-line application system.

    Go to the Turkey Hunt Page

  • Junior Duck Stamp 2019-20

    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    The judging of the Maryland entries in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest was held on February 15. Full results are now available!

    Contest details

Refuge News

Current Conditions

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Visitor Center operations are currently suspended due to COVID-19. Trails remain open and Wildlife Drive is free of charge. No restroom facilities are available.

Read the news release.

News and Events

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All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page

Wildlife Cams

Osprey

Check out the wildlife cams at Blackwater NWR! Visitors can view an osprey nest and the new waterfowl cam either online or in the refuge visitor center.

Learn more.

Harriet Tubman

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Blackwater NWR is celebrating the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, whose heroic actions helped many slaves escape to freedom!

More about Harriet Tubman.
What's Happening

Youth Conservation Corps

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Blackwater NWR is offering summer employment for high school youths.

Learn more about the program.

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

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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