Annual Youth Fishing Fun Day

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Blackwater NWR to Hold Annual Youth Fishing Fun Day on June 1
In partnership with the Friends of Blackwater and the Harriet Tubman State Park,
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will hold their annual Youth Fishing Fun Day on
Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This family-friendly event will be held
at the refuge pond behind the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center,
located off Route 335. Young people 15 years old and under can pre-register for the
event by calling 410-228-2677 or register at the event on June 1. Fishing will begin at
9:00 am and end around 1:00 pm.
The first 100 registered youth to check in at the event will receive a t-shirt and special
gift. Each registered youth will also receive a free lunch ticket for a hot dog, drink, and
chips. Bait (nightcrawlers) will be provided for anglers, or they may bring their own bait
or lures. A limited number of “loaner” fishing rods will be available, but anglers are
encouraged to bring their own if they have one. As always, staff and volunteers are on
hand to provide assistance to any of the young anglers who might need help.
Parents should note that this is a non-competitive, catch-and-release event to introduce
children to the fun of fishing. Any snakeheads that are caught may be kept, but cannot
be transported live. No pets are allowed at this event. If you have any questions, please
email us at fw5rw_BWNWR@fws.gov .
Directions to the event: From Route 50 in Cambridge, turn onto Route 16 West. Travel
approximately 7 miles to Church Creek. Turn left onto Route 335. Travel approximately
5 miles. Once you pass Key Wallace Drive on your left, turn right at the entrance to the
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. Park in the secondary parking lot
next to the pavilion behind the Tubman Visitor Center. For further information and preregistration, call 410-228-2677.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, protects
over 32,000 acres of rich tidal marsh, mixed hardwood and pine forest, managed
freshwater wetlands and cropland for a diversity of wildlife. To learn more, visit our
website at www.fws.gov/refuge/blackwater or @BlackwaterNWR.

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