Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Marcia

    Increased access for hunting and fishing

    Refuge manager Marcia Pradines on what increasing access means for the refuge and visitors.

    Watch the video on YouTube

  • 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.

  • Hunt rotator

    2020 Deer Hunt Information

    The 2020 Deer Hunt information is now available. Online applications will begin July 2, 2020 at 10:00 am ET.

    Go to the Deer 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 results

Refuge News

Guided Birding Update

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To aid public safety, Guided Birding Tours have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. Thank you for your understanding.

Current Conditions

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The Visitor Center is now open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Wildlife Drive and trails are open daily dawn through dusk.

Always check the Refuge Alert page.

News and Events

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All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page

Agents of Discovery

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Is your mission to teach your kids about nature? Download the "Agents of Discovery" app and play 2 missions at the refuge!

Accept the mission!
What's Happening

Wildlife Drive Closure

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A majority of Wildlife Drive will be closed on December 4 for a deer management hunt.

See the Refuge Alert page.

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