Martin National Wildlife Refuge is composed primarily of tidal marshlands, dotted by several areas of vegetated uplands. Though these refuge lands are closed to the public to protect wetland habitats and limit disturbance to wildlife, much of the refuge can be seen by boat. Visitors to Smith Island pass through portions of the refuge as they enter the marina in Ewell. Visitors can also find an interpretive display about the refuge within the Smith Island Cultural Center in the community of Ewell.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Martin National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Rules and Policies
Entry onto all lands of Martin NWR is prohibited.
First established in 1954 through a 2,569 acre donation by the late Glenn L. Martin, the Martin National Wildlife Refuge now covers 4,548 acres, including the northern half of Smith Island, 11 miles west of Crisfield, Maryland, and Watts Island, located between the eastern shore of Virginia and Tangier Island in lower Chesapeake Bay.