Islands of the Potomac Wildlife Management Area
The Islands of the Potomac Wildlife Management Area is a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consisting of islands within the Potomac River in Maryland along its border with the state of Virginia. It is administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Islands of the Potomac WMA provides 824 acres (3.33 km2) of protected wildlife habitat situated in the river and stretching through Allegany (80 acres [0.32 km2]), Washington (6 acres [0.024 km2]), Frederick (223 acres [0.90 km2]) and Montgomery (515 acres [2.08 km2]) counties. There are 30 islands that have been designated as the Islands of the Potomac WMA. Of these islands, three are open to public hunting in Montgomery County. These are Oxley Island, Mason Island and Maddox Island. The river islands of the WMA are accessible only by boat. Within the WMA is established the Islands of the Potomac Wildland (see Maryland Wildland), consisting of about 82% (676 acres [2.74 km2]) of the total area.
The former Heater's Island WMA has been subsumed into the larger entity.
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