July 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Merkle Wildlife Refuge
11704 Fenno Road
Upper Marlboro
MD 20072

Merkle Wildlife Refuge is open again for fishing!

Come fish with us on 17 July 2021
10:00am to 3:00pm
11704 Fenno Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20072

A favorite CWA fishing destination. Merkle Wildlife Refuge has five ponds open to the public. They contain largemouth bass, bluegill, and other species. Fish from the edge of the ponds. All skill levels encouraged.

You will need a Maryland Fresh Water Fishing License that can be purchased on line at https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov

What To Bring

A 5- or 6- weight rod and reel recommended. Fishing equipment available to borrow. Poppers, streamers, caddis flies, hoppers, and beetles will work. Bring lunch, drinks, shoes that can get wet, change of clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, and sunglasses.  Bring a folding chair if you have one.

Our fishing day is dedicated to the memory of Mary Kilbourne, a long time CWA member and devoted naturalist at nearby Jug Bay Wildlife Center.

For insurance purposes, all non-members must register as a CWA member-for-a-day at this event- fee is $10.

Member Registration

    Non-Member Registration


      From the Washington Beltway (I-495), take Exit 11A for MD-4S/Penn. Ave E toward Upper Marlboro. Merge onto MD-4S/Pennsylvannia Ave and go 6.2 miles. Take the Old Crain Hwy Exit. Turn right onto Old Crain Hwy (signs for US 301/Waldorf. Go 2.5 miles and turn left onto Croom Station Road. Go 2.6 miles and turn left onto MD-382 S/Croom Road. Go 2.2 miles and turn left onto St. Thomas Church Road. Go .7 miles and turn left onto Fenno Road (entrance to the park).