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Dierssen Wildlife Sanctuary

Maryland State Wildlife Area

Photo of Dierssen Wildlife Sanctuary

Immediately upstream of Pennyfield Lock at mile 20 of the canal is the Dierssen Wildlife Sanctuary named for Marshall Bidwell Dierssen. This 40-acre state land was donated as a waterfowl sanctuary. Two ponds visible from the canal towpath serve as home for wood ducks, teal, and mallards. Nest boxes have been built near the water for wood ducks. White-tailed deer, gray and red fox, and wild turkeys are also present. Mosquitoes and biting insects are common from spring through early fall.

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Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
3740 Gwynnbrook Ave.
Owings Mills MD 21117