Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, approximately 12 miles south of the town of Cambridge, in Dorchester County. Blackwater was established in 1933 as a refuge for migratory birds. 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.

Blackwater is also a haven for several troubled species including the threatened American bald eagle, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the recently delisted migrant peregrine falcon.

Before its designation as a refuge, the marshland along Blackwater River was managed as a fur farm. Muskrats were the primary species trapped. Most of the woodlands, including islands, had been timbered. Remains of old drainage ditches and furrows which crisscross in some existing woods indicate past agricultural use.

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay has teamed up with the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with special packages.

Call the hotel for more information.

Area Activities

100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Maryland, USA, 21613