Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Updates on the Management of Lake Mattamuskeet


Welcome to the Lake Mattamuskeet Update page. Here you will find information about the historic and current status of Lake Mattamuskeet’s ecosystem and the wildlife it supports, breeding and wintering waterfowl, migratory fish and recreational fish populations. We will also be posting news about our ongoing collaborative research, monitoring and management activities and summaries from our quarterly public informational meetings. For more detailed information about annual wintering waterfowl numbers, please select the “Hunting” tab on the main page.

For assistance in finding the information you need and identifying new information as it is posted, postings will be in chronological order, with the most recent information posted at the TOP.

Date Posted Link Description
December 5, 2014 Memorandum of Agreement between North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and USFWS Provides a framework for continued collaboration and cooperation between the Service and the Commission on efforts to improve Lake Mattamuskeet’s aquatic environment and enhance public access to the lake for a variety of recreational uses.  Earlier this year, the Refuge, with the assistance of the Commission, completed several projects to improve fishing access to Lake Mattamuskeet. More info in this press release.
June 27, 2014 June 2014 Fact Sheet Fact Sheet explaining management plans for the immediate future, as well as actions recently taken to improve fishing access and fish studies.
June 17, 2014 Press Release for Open House Notice inviting public to an Open House to update on fishery management, surveys, lake management plans, and constuction.
05/02/14 March 5, 2014 Lake Mattamuskeet Technical Working Group Meeting Notes Purpose for the meeting:
1) Frame the issues, formulate and prioritize appropriate questions to meet objectives.
2) Discuss currently available data describing current and optimal ecological condition of Lake Mattamuskeet necessary to support its biota; emergent vegetation and SAV, migratory birds, anadromous/catadromous species, blue crabs and recreational fishery. Identify critical information/data gaps.
3) Identify next steps and timeline that will lead to the development of a lake management plan. This plan will address short and long term priority wildlife and fishery objectives and appropriate management actions.
2/11/2014 Lake Mattamuskeet Management Fact Sheet Fact Sheet produced 2/11/2014 with Q & A's about Management of Lake Mattamuskeet
2/2/2014 Waterfowl Survey Summary Summary of USFWS Aerial Waterfowl Survey flown on 1/24/2014
1/23/2014 Lakes Mattamuskeet and Pungo are havens for birders Sun Journal Article dated January 16, 2014 by Bill Hand
1/23/2014 Waterfowl Survey Summary Summary of USFWS Aerial Waterfowl Survey flown on 12/17/2013
1/21/2014 Mattamuskeet NWR Waterfowl populations & wetland habitats Technical Presentation at Meeting November 18, 2013 by
John Stanton, Migratory Birds Biologist, USFWS
Fish Passage into North
Carolina’s Largest Natural Lake: Mattamuskeet

Technical Presentation at Meeting November 18, 2013 by
Roger A. Rulifson Professor and Senior Scientist
Department of Biology, and Institute for Coastal Science and Policy
East Carolina University
1/21/2014 Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Authorization and Purpose Lake Mattamuskeet Information

Technical Presentation at Meeting November 18, 2013 by
Pete Campbell, Refuge Manager Mattamuskeet NWR

1/21/2014 USGS continuous water-quality monitoring at Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Technical Presentation at November 18, 2013 Meeting by
Michelle Moorman
USGS NC Water Science Center
1/21/2014 Lake Mattamuskeet Fisheries Management Update

Technical Presentation at November 18, 2013 Meeting by
Jeremy McCargo
District 1 Fisheries Biologist, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

1/21/2014 Lake Mattamuskeet historic fish species composition  
1/21/2014 Water Quality Monitoring Fact Sheet Produced in December, 2012
1/21/2014 Invitation List for the November 18, 2013 meeting (below) Lake Mattamuskeet "Engagement Group"
1/21/2014 Lake Mattamuskeet Informational Meeting
November 18, 2013
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Purpose for the meeting:
1) Report on results from research and monitoring projects designed to evaluate the ecological condition of Lake Mattamuskeet
2) Initiate a dialogue to share perspectives about the lake’s current ecological status
3) Provide an update on refuge projects to improve water management capabilities
3) Discuss next steps towards developing a lake management plan and improving the flow of information between the refuge, user communities and the general public
1/21/2014 Results of the Annual Mid-winter Waterfowl Survey on
Lake Mattamuskeet and Surrounding Farm Fields (1961-2014)
Prepared by Doug L. Howell
Waterfowl Biologist, Division of Wildlife Management
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
January 15, 2014


Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
85 Mattamuskeet Road
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
(252) 926-4021 FAX: (252) 926-1743

Last Updated: 12/9/14