Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 329
Columbia, North Carolina 27925

Contact: Howard Phillips- 252-796-3004 ext 226

News Release

January 22, 2011

Alert: Some Roads Impassable on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

"Due to recent weather conditions, some roads on the Pungo Unit of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge are impassable," said Refuge Manager Howard Phillips. Recent snow and heavy rains, combined with increased use by the public, have rendered some of the roads too muddy to be of use. In most cases, the roads will not be signed as "closed"; however, visitors are advised to drive at their own risk.

"We cannot offer aid to folks who are stuck, other than providing a number for a towing service," Phillips added. "And, cell service can be very poor on the refuge."

Roads on the Pungo Unit with limited access are upper D-Canal, parts of South Lake, Allen Road and Boerma Road. As the roads dry out, driving conditions should improve. Visitors are advised to use caution and only drive as far as the roads will allow.

"We always welcome folks to visit Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. But, we encourage everyone to put safety first. A little common sense goes a long way. If a road looks like you might get stuck, don't drive on it," Phillips concluded.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.

For more information about Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, visit http://www.fws.gov/pocosinlakes or call the Refuge Office at 252-796-3004.