Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Additional Information

Focus Activities

Waterfowl management on 12,000 acre Pungo Unit.
Management of unique pocosin habitat. 
Extensive wetland restoration has begun on 19,000 acres
Reforestation of Atlantic white cedar.


Natural History

Refuge lands once the southern extremity of the Great Dismal Swamp.
Concentrations of ducks, geese tundra swans, raptors and black bears.
Re-introduction site of endangered red wolf.
Open water 6,291 acres; riverine swamp 25,427 acres; pocosin wetlands 50,319 acres; agriculture 1,200 acres; grass fields 25,828 acres; pine hardwood forest 1,486 acres; other 3,123 acres.


Refuge Objectives

to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds.
to protect and enhance a unique type of wetlands (pocosin).
to protect and enhance habitat for those species which are classified as endangered, threatened or of special concern.
to provide opportunities for wildlife-oriented interpretation, outdoor recreation and environmental education

Last Updated: 5/8/13