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.


  • 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.

  • 2020-21 Junior Duck Stamp image

    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

No Fee on MLK Day

No Fee for Wildlife Drive on November 11

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Wildlife Drive will be free-of-charge on Monday, January 17. Come out and enjoy the winter sights at the refuge!

Seasons of Wildlife

Current Conditions

Alert Symbol

The Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm (masks required). Wildlife Drive and trails are open daily dawn through dusk.

Always check the Refuge Alert page.

News and Events

Bluebird on Sign

All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page

Agents of Discovery

Agent Eagle

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

Guided Birding

Birding guide Harry Armistead

Guided Birding is back! Enjoy the winter visitors and spring migration at Blackwater with an expert birder! Next tour: Feb. 13

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