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Lower Eastern Shore Region
Lower Eastern Shore Region
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Center
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Center
BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE CENTER
BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE CENTER
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Eastern Shore (location map) of Maryland, approximately 12 miles south of the town of Cambridge, in Dorchester County. The Refuge includes over 27,000 acres, composed mainly of rich tidal marsh characterized by fluctuating water levels and varying salinity. Other habitat types include freshwater ponds, mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, and small amounts of cropland and managed impoundments that are seasonally flooded for waterfowl use. View Blackwater NWR Brochure (2.6MB PDF) and Blackwater NWR Map (370KB PDF).

Blackwater Refuge was originally established in 1933 as a haven for ducks and geese migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. The Refuge is a popular place during the November migration when upwards of 35,000 geese and 15,000 ducks visit Blackwater.

Blackwater is also a haven for several troubled species including the American bald eagle, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the migrant peregrine falcon. The Refuge is unique in that it hosts the largest remaining natural population of Delmarva fox squirrels and is also host to the largest breeding population of bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida.

At the Refuge, visitors will find a beautiful Visitor Center, a Wildlife Drive, four hiking trails, three paddling trails, miles of cycling roads, hunting/fishing/crabbing opportunities, and adventures in environmental education. See the Public Use section for more details.

Blackwater NWR is part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex, which also includes Eastern Neck NWR, Martin NWR, Susquehanna NWR and the Barren Island, Watts Island, Bishops Head, Garrett Island and Spring Island Divisions. To protect the wildlife, only Blackwater and Eastern Neck are open to the public.


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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 3 just marvelous by patrickjames
well i saw on the opening of Eagle migration, Oct 2 , three pair of bald eagles and a variety of other wildlife. It now my new hobby.The sighting were better then my Alaska trip..


Area Campgrounds
Taylor Island Family Campground
PO Box 156
Taylors Island, MD
410-397-3275

USA Parks
USA Parks
Maryland
Maryland
Lower Eastern Shore Region
Lower Eastern Shore Region
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Center
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Center