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Directions, Contact Info & Fees


The refuge is located approximately 12 miles south of the town of Cambridge on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. From Route 50 in Cambridge take Route 16 West (Church Creek Road) until you reach the flashing light (about 5 miles), then turn left onto Egypt Road. Follow Egypt road for approximately 7 miles and it will dead end at Key Wallace Drive. Turn left for the Wildlife Drive (0.2 miles), or turn right for the visitor center (1.25 miles).

GPS Alert (Please Read!)

If you using GPS navigation to find the refuge, you will need to enter our actual physical address, which is listed below.  This will bring you to the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center.  DO NOT USE "BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE"!

Contact Information

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
Telephone: 410-228-2677
(Hearing-impaired visitors may call the Maryland Relay Service at TDD/800-735-2258 voice)


A daily permit is required for all visitors to the Wildlife Drive unless they possess an annual pass, lifetime passport, or current Duck Stamp.

Private vehicle - $3.00
Pedestrian, Bicyclist - $1.00
Commercial Van or Bus up to
20 passengers - $15.00
21 or more passengers - $25.00

Passes are available at the Visitor Center and include either a current Federal Duck Stamp, valid July 1 to June 30 ($25); a Blackwater NWR Pass ($12), valid one year from date of issue; an Interagency Annual Pass ($80), valid one year from date of issue; a lifetime Interagency Seniors Pass ($10); or a lifetime Interagency Access Pass, which is free for the blind and permanently disabled.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2017
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