The Cherrington Cooperative Wildlife Management Area (CWMA), also known as the Dickerson Conservation Area, is located northwest of Poolesville, Maryland. The property is owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (MNCPPC). The 290-acre tract is preserved for conservation purposes.
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Cherrington CWMA hunting access is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The mission of the Wildlife and Heritage Service is to conserve and enhance diverse wildlife populations and associated habitats while providing for public enjoyment of the State’s wildlife resources through hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation. Cherrington CWMA provides habitat for forest wildlife species, primarily white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, and songbirds.
The CWMA shares a common boundary with the National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal). The C&O Canal Towpath may be accessed from the main parking area off of Martinsburg Road. The warm-water fishery created from the discharge at the Dickerson Power Plant is easily accessible from this area.
Unless otherwise posted or with a permit issued by the Service it is UNLAWFUL to:
Public hunting on Cherrington WMA is permitted during legal hunting seasons with restrictions (see below). Hunting is available for deer only in accordance with current hunting laws and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Cherrington CWMA is located northwest of Poolesville and east of Barnesville, Maryland. Public access to this area is off of Maryland State Route 107 (Whites Ferry Road). The parking lot for this area is located off of Martinsburg Road. For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.
Great Horned Owl, photo by Eugene Grosvenor
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)