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 18, 2008

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge will “Open Roads” for the Knotts Island, NC Wildlife and Peach festival

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Hoff announced today that Open Roads Days will be held from sunrise to sunset on July 26 and July 27, 2008. The public will be able to drive the roads normally closed to vehicular traffic around the refuge impoundments at the end of Mackay Island Road. The Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area will also be opened during the festival weekend. This area boasts some of the best fishing on the refuge and is normally closed on the weekends. 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 Headquarters and Open Roads are located 1 mile and 6.2 miles, respectively, south of the NC state line on Hwy. 615, Knotts Island, NC and are marked by a large refuge signs. Knotts Island may be reached by traveling south on Princess Anne Road from Virginia Beach or by taking the free ferry from Currituck, NC.