Opportunities for our Visitors
Mattamuskeet Refuge is a popular place for visitors to enjoy a variety of wildlife-dependent recreation. During fall and winter, concentrations of swan, geese, and ducks are a delight to both wildlife observers and photographers. Viewing waterfowl and other wildlife species is particularly good along the Hwy 94 Causeway which travels across Lake Mattamuskeet and along the refuge Entrance Road and Wildlife Drive which run from Highway 94 to the refuge headquarters and along the south side of the Entrance Road Impoundment. An observation viewing deck is available along the Highway 94 Causeway. Visitors are welcome to walk or bicycle throughout the refuge, however, visitors are cautioned to review the corresponding map and observe refuge regulatory signs as some areas are closed to the public during the winter. Each December the refuge hosts an annual Open House where visitors may enjoy tours of a part of the refuge which is normally closed to public access in the winter. Swan, snow geese, northern pintail and other waterfowl as well as bald eagles are often observed.
Boating and sport ﬁshing for largemouth bass, striped bass, catﬁsh, crappie, and other species is permitted on Lake Mattamuskeet and the adjacent canals. Taking blue crabs at the water control structures is a very popular sport enjoyed by all age groups. All ﬁshing activities must be conducted in accordance with state regulations. Additional refuge regulations are available at the refuge headquarters.
- Auto tour (Entrance Road and Wildlife Drive)
- Two observation towers/decks - perfect for wildlife observation and wildlife photography
- Three boat ramps
- Air boating
- Jet skiing
- All terrain vehicles
- Molesting wildlife
- Collecting plants, flowers, nuts or berries
- All boating is prohibited from November 2 - February 28
2013 Public Use Statistics
- Special Event Participation: 460
- Visitor Service Center Visitors: 3500
- Total Hunt Visits: 1153 (Waterfowl 963, Big Game 190)
- Foot/Trail Pedestrian Visits: 5000
- Auto Tour Visits: 50,000
- Boat Trail/Launch Visits: 6,000
- Bicycle Visits: 250
- Total Wildlife Observation Visits: 55,850
- Photography Participants: 3000
- Educational Participants: 120
- Interpretation Participants: 440
- Total Other Recreational Participants: 2,280 (picnic, walking, jogging, horseback riding)
Be a Refuge Volunteer!
If you have a talent or skill, and some time and energy to spare, come by the office or call us. Usually, the best volunteer positions are customized according to the current needs of the refuge and the skills and abilities of the volunteer.
For more information, contact email@example.com or call (252) 926-4021.