• 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 hosted the judging of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland on February 17, 2018.

    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

Refuge Hunt Closures

Wildlife Drive

NOTICE!! The Wildlife Drive and other public areas will be closed on the following dates for deer management hunts.

View closure dates.

2018 - 2019 Hunting Information

Turkey - USFWS.

The 2018-19 deer and waterfowl hunt information is available for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our hunting page to download hunting maps and regulations.

Go to the hunt page.

News and Events

Bluebird on Sign

All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page

Raptor Cams

Bald eagle - Woody Dawson.

Check out the raptor cams at Blackwater NWR! Visitors can view the osprey nest and bald eagle nest either online or in the refuge visitor center.

Learn more.
Explore the Refuge!

Guided Birding

Guided Birding Terry Allen

Enjoy the fall migration at Blackwater with an expert on one of our guided birding tours! Date added: Nov. 18

Scheduled tours

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