Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

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.

  • Junior Duck Stamp 2017-18 Rotator

    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    Blackwater NWR hosted the judging of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland on February 17, 2018.

    Contest details

  • Volunteer Logo Rotator

    Volunteer Power!

    Blackwater volunteers were recently honored for their efforts. Learn how volunteers make a difference every day at Blackwater NWR!

    Details here

Around the Refuge

Refuge Hunt Closures

Wildlife Drive

NOTICE!! The Wildlife Drive and other public areas will be closed on the following dates for deer management hunts.

View closure dates.

2018 - 2019 Hunting Information

Turkey - USFWS.

The 2018-19 deer and waterfowl hunt information is available for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our hunting page to download hunting maps and regulations.

Go to the hunt page.

News and Events

Bluebird on Sign

All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

News Page

Raptor Cams

Bald eagle - Woody Dawson.

Check out the raptor cams at Blackwater NWR! Visitors can view the osprey nest and bald eagle nest either online or in the refuge visitor center.

Learn more.
Explore the Refuge!

Visit Blackwater!

Red Bellied Woodpecker

You can see incredible wildlife at the refuge every month of the year!

Wildlife Calendar

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

NWRS Logo

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