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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

  • 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 will be held on February 20 at the Blackwater Visitor Center.

    Find out more.

Refuge News

Current Conditions

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The Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 2pm. Wildlife Drive and trails remain open daily dawn through dusk.

Always check the Refuge Alert page.

2021 Virtual Eagle Festival

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The Virtual Eagle Festival took place March 12 - 14, but you can still view the programs! The schedule below contains links to the video presentations. Enjoy!

Eagle Festival Schedule

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

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!

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

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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