Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the best place to see wildlife (birds)?
Mattamuskeet’s East Main Drive is a
5-mile-long gravel road bordering the southern shore of Lake Mattamuskeet.
A variety of mammals
and birds can be seen along this drive, as well as along the 3-mile-long
entrance road to the refuge headquarters. In addition, there is short
nature trail near headquarters and miles of grassed dikes crisscrossing
the entire refuge. In winter, thousands of waterfowl can be seen
Another popular place for viewing is from an overlook on Highway
94. An interpretive panel and viewing scope are located on the overlook.
Is a fishing license required to catch crabs?
Yes. Effective July 1, 2008 a freshwater fishing license is required to catch crabs. A youth under 16, accompanied by a properly licensed adult, can fish/crab under the privileges of the adult's license. Contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission at http://www.ncwildlife.org for more information.
Where is the best place to fish?
Lake Mattamuskeet is a very shallow lake allowing only small boats
access to approximately 40,000 acres of prime warmwater fishing.
In addition to the lake, there are miles of canals available for
bank fishing. Favorite species to catch are largemouth bass, white
perch, crappie, sunfish, catfish and blue crabs. The lake is opened
to fishing March 1 through November 1.
How do I get to hunt on the refuge?
Mattamuskeet hosts both a waterfowl and white-tailed deer hunt program.
Only a limited number of permits are issued each year by lottery.
The lottery is open to any properly licensed U.S. citizen. Contact
the refuge in August to apply for these hunts.
What can I do here?
Mattamuskeet provides numerous opportunities for wildlife observation
and fishing. Other activities available are hunting, photography,
hiking, boating, canoeing and environmental education.