Blackwater River (Maryland)

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Coordinates: 38°21′36″N 76°00′27″W / 38.36000°N 76.00750°W / 38.36000; -76.00750
Blackwater River
Stream
Country United States
State Maryland
Region Dorchester County
Tributaries
 - left Little Blackwater River
Source
 - coordinates 38°27′26″N 76°14′08″W / 38.45722°N 76.23556°W / 38.45722; -76.23556
Mouth Fishing Bay
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 38°21′36″N 76°00′27″W / 38.36000°N 76.00750°W / 38.36000; -76.00750
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The Blackwater River is a 25.8-mile-long (41.5 km)[3] saltwater river in Dorchester County, Maryland. It has many twists and bends and flows through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. It runs through Robbins, where there is a boat ramp called Shorter's Wharf and a bridge.

The river does not rise anywhere because the water is sea level from its mouth at Fishing Bay to its landward end at a large unnamed swamp in the Blackwater Refuge. The river can have freshwater species in spring and summer like catfish or bass. The river also has saltwater perch and other saltwater fish that prefer upper parts of rivers. In the winter the river is used for waterfowl hunting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blackwater River. Retrieved on 2008-03-05.
  2. ^ "Water Trails at Blackwater". U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011