Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 39
316 Marsh Causeway
Knotts Island, NC 27950

Contact: Mike Hoff 252-429-3100

News Release

July 22, 2010

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge will “Open Roads” July 24-25, 2010

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Hoff announced today that Open Roads Days will be held from 7AM to sunset on July 24 and July 25, 2010. Hoff said “The construction project that forced the July 4th closure has progressed enough to allow this event to continue as scheduled.” “However, parking or stopping for any purpose within 200 yards of the construction site at the pumping station is prohibited” he added. The public will be able to drive the road normally closed to vehicular traffic around the refuge impoundments at the end of Mackay Island Road. The Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area will remain closed during this Open Roads event. Other activities may include hiking, bicycling, fishing, and wildlife observation and photography. The refuge speed limit is 15mph and visitors are asked to park in safe, suitable locations. The Mackay Island road is located 6.2 miles south of the NC state line on Hwy. 615, Knotts Island, NC and is marked by a large refuge sign. Knotts Island may be reached by traveling south on Princess Anne Road from Virginia Beach or by taking the free ferry from Currituck, NC.