About the Refuge

Salt marsh at Glenn Martin NWR - USFWS.

First established in 1954 through a 2,569 acre donation by the late Glenn L. Martin, the Martin National Wildlife Refuge now covers 4,548 acres, including the northern half of Smith Island, 11 miles west of Crisfield, Maryland, and Watts Island, located between the eastern shore of Virginia and Tangier Island in lower Chesapeake Bay.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters set aside to conserve this country's fish, wildlife, and plants. Learn about the wildlife and habitats of Martin NWR here.

Martin National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex, located in Cambridge, Maryland, which also oversees Blackwater NWR, Eastern Neck NWR, and Susquehanna NWR.

Visit our Complex page to learn more about the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Contact Information

Email: fw5rw_bwnwr@fws.gov
Contact Address:
Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex
2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
Telephone: 410-228-2692
(Hearing-impaired visitors may call the Maryland Relay Service at TDD/800-735-2258 voice)

For violations including trespassing, illegal hunting or fishing, illegal collection of wildlife resources, and any other suspicious activity on the refuge or to report crimes, please call Federal Wildlife Officer Coles at 443-477-1934.