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

Contact: Mike Hoff 252-429-3100

News Release

August 31, 2009

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge will “Open Roads” September 5-6, 2009

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Hoff announced today that Open Roads Days will be held from 7:00 am until sunset on September 5-6, 2009. 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. No parking is allowed along the marked area near the pump house to protect the shoulder of the newly constructed roadway. Access to the Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center 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 Open Roads area 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.