Tar Bay WMA
A 12-acre marsh island off the northeast end of Barren Island between Tar Bay and the Chesapeake Bay. Tar Bay WMA is a great spot for waterfowl hunters and birdwatchers.
What To See
Waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds.
What To Do
Most visitors come to Tar Bay WMA to try their hand at waterfowl hunting. The WMA is only accessible by boat via a county boat ramp at Fishing Creek off MD Rt. 335 just before the Fishing Creek Bridge onto Upper Hooper Island.
Non-hunting Users Guide
Site Management Goals
From U.S. Route 50 in Cambridge, take MD Rt. 16 west to MD Rt. 335, then proceed south on MD Rt. 335 towards Hooper Island to the Fishing Creek boat ramp. For additional information, contact the LeCompte Wildlife Office at (410) 376-3236.
This area is a part of Marylandís Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the Stateís wildlife resources.
Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.
Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.
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