• 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.

    Click here for 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!

    Click here.

Around the Refuge

Blackwater NWR Seeks Bids on Forest Thinning Project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking bids for a forest thinning project located near Blackwater Road on Blackwater NWR, Dorchester County, Maryland.

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Public Comment Invited

The compatibility determination for forest management on the refuge is now available for public comment

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News and Events

Bluebird on Sign

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
Explore the Refuge!

Youth Fishing Day

Girl at Fishing Day

Join us on June 2 for a day of fishing fun for young people 15 and under!

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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