Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

Features

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    2020 Turkey Hunt Information

    The 2020 Turkey Hunt information is now available, including information about our new on-line application system.

    Go to the Turkey Hunt Page

  • 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.

  • Junior Duck Stamp 2019-20

    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    Blackwater NWR hosted the judging of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland on February 15, 2020.

    Contest details

Refuge News

Current Conditions

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Visitor Center operations are suspended as of March 20 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Trails remain open and Wildlife Drive is free of charge.

Read the news release.

News and Events

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All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page

Wildlife Cams

Osprey

Check out the wildlife cams at Blackwater NWR! Visitors can view an osprey nest and the new waterfowl cam either online or in the refuge visitor center.

Learn more.

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

Youth Conservation Corps

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Blackwater NWR is offering summer employment for high school youths.

Learn more about the program.

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