Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Pee Dee
National Wildlife
5770 U.S. Hwy. 52 North
Wadesboro, NC 28170

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Refuge Facts

  • Established: 1964.
  • Acres: 8,500.
  • Located in Anson and Richmond counties of North Carolina.
  • Other management: 21 conservation easements in seven counties.
  • Location: the refuge is located seven miles north of Wadesboro, NC on U.S. Highway 52.


Natural History

  • The Pee Dee NWR is part of the Savannah-Santee-Pee Dee Ecosystem.
  • The diversity of habitats and management programs supports a broad range of wildlife species, including over 180 bird, 49 amphibian and reptile, 28 mammal, and 20 fish species.
  • The refuge lands are comprised of 3,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods, 1,200 acres of upland pine forest; and 4,300 acres of croplands, old fields, moist soil units and mixed pine hardwoods.


Financial Impact of Refuge

  • Five-person staff.
  • 35,000 visitors annually.


Refuge Objectives

  • Provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and migratory song birds.
  • Provide habitat for threatened and endangered species.
  • Provide recreation, environmental education and interpretation for the public.
  • Dynamic partnering.
Last Updated: 4/7/14