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National Wildlife Refuge

2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, MD   21613
E-mail: fw5rw_bwnwr@fws.gov
Phone Number: 410-228-2677
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Organized school, civic and professional groups may reserve dates for slide talks, special movies, guided tours, and outdoor classroom activities. Write or call the Visitor Center at 410-228-2677 for additional information.

Fishing at Blackwater is permitted from boats, or from the nearby State-owned bridges (proper State of Maryland license is required). No fishing is allowed from the refuge shore. Boating is restricted on some Refuge waters October 1 - March 31. Quality of fishing ranges from poor to fair on the Refuge. Boat launching is permitted only from designated areas. For further information on fishing/boating areas and other regulations, contact the Visitor Center at 410-228-2677.

Hunting for whitetail and sika deer is permitted at the Refuge, with special days set aside for archery, muzzleloader, shotgun, and youth hunts. Hunters must pre-register and obtain special permits, and an administration fee does apply. All hunters must have a valid Maryland hunting license. Call 410-228-2677 for more info.

Our newly-renovated, staffed Visitor Center with exhibits, restrooms, and a bookstore/gift shop can be found on Key Wallace Drive. A fully accessible, second floor observatory provides great views of the Blackwater River and impoundment system. A conference room is available for special, pre-scheduled programs. Interpretive information and leaflets can be obtained at the Visitor Center, and several information kiosks can be found on the self-guided Wildlife Drive. The Visitor Center can be reached at 410-228-2677.

Wildlife Observation
Blackwater features a Wildlife Drive consisting of a six and a half mile loop or three and a half mile drive of all-weather road that winds along fresh water ponds, through woods, and past fields and marsh. Walking and cycling on the Wildlife Drive is permitted. Two foot trails and a photo blind can be found on the Drive. Two new longer foot trails are now open in other areas of the refuge. Over 20 miles of canoe/kayak trails in the Blackwater River will take you through seldom-seen areas of the refuge. The county roads encircling the Refuge are suitable for longer car or cycling tours.

Visitor Center- Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Wildlife Drive and outdoor facilities- Open daily, dawn to dusk (year round). A permit is required.

Entrance Fees
A daily permit is required for all visitors to the Wildlife Drive unless they possess an annual pass or lifetime passport. Annual passes, either a Current Federal Duck Stamp valid July 1 to June 30 ($15); an Interagency Annual Pass ($80) or a Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Pass ($12) valid one year from date of issue, and Interagency Senior Pass for those 62 years or older ($10), or the Interagency Access Pass free for the blind or permanently disabled, are available at the Visitor Center.
Private vehicle - $3.00
Pedestrian - $1.00
Bicyclist - $1.00
Commercial van or bus up to 20 passengers - $15.00
21 or more passengers - $25.00

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