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, 2009

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge will “Open Roads” July 25-26, 2009

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Hoff announced today that Open Roads Days will be held from 7AM to sunset on July 25 and July 26, 2009. The public will be able to drive the roads around the refuge impoundments at the end of Mackay Island Road that are routinely closed to vehicular traffic . 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. No parking is permitted along the marked area beyond the pump house to protect the shoulder of the newly constructed roadway. 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.