Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Crapo, Maryland 21626

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"Meander through marshy streams and across
open water to experience solitude and
silence in a lovely refuge that features 250
bird species."

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Trail Information

Crapo
Nearby City
6.6-8.0 nautical mi
Distance
Easy
Skill Level
Purple Trail is about one-third marsh and the rest open water. Much of the water is very shallow, so it’s important to stay on the trail to avoid getting stuck in the mud. Check the wind direction and speed before deciding which way to paddle on the trail. Paddling against the wind will make for slow progress on this route since the open water is shallow and waves can kick up with just a stiff breeze. Winds coming from the northwest make for the most difficult paddling in the refuge.
Hazards/Cautions
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (fws.gov/refuge/Blackwater/;410-228-2677). The Friends of Blackwater (friendsof blackwater.org; 410-228-2677).
Local Contacts
NOAA Electronic Charts US5MD23M and US4MD80M / Paper Charts #12261 and #12263
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018