Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

The judging of the Maryland entries in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest took place on February 20 at Blackwater NWR.

Find out more.

Refuge News

Deer Hunt 2021

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Information and regulations for the 2021 refuge deer hunt is now available!

Go to the Deer Hunting Page.

Current Conditions

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The Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4pm (NOTE: masks required). 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

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

Walk for the Wild 5K

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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week Oct. 10-16, 2021, by taking a walk in nature! Register to represent Blackwater NWR and complete a 5K (3.1 miles) on the route of your choice!

Learn more.

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