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  • Wildlife Drive and Trail Closures

    A large section of Wildlife Drive and the Key Wallace Trail will be closed on various days in fall and winter for deer management.

    Click here for closure dates.

  • Canada Geese

    Wintering Waterfowl

    View the latest waterfowl surveys for Blackwater NWR.

    Click here

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    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    Blackwater NWR will host the judging of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland on February 18, 2017.

    Learn about the program and see 2016 contest results.

Hunting Information

2016 - 2017 Hunting Information

Turkey - USFWS.

The new 2016-17 deer and waterfowl hunt information is now available for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our hunting page to download hunting maps and regulations.

Click here for the hunt page.

About the Complex

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex

There are four refuges and 5 divisions in the complex.

Blackwater is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex.

Learn 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  

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Around the Refuge

  • News and Events

    All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Raptor Cams

    Bald eagle - Woody Dawson.

    Check out the raptor cams at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can view the osprey nest and bald eagle nest either online or from the refuge visitor center. Learn more on the raptor cams page.

    Raptor Cams Page
  • Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman Promo

    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating the life and history of Harriet Tubman, whose heroic actions helped many slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

    Learn more about Harriet Tubman.
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunset at the refuge - Ray Paterra/USFWS.
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016
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