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    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

    Crapo, Maryland

    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

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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

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