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    Wings Over Water

    Wings over Water is an annual event that promotes wildlife and wildlands!

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    Mattamuskeet hosts many exciting hunting opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

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    Fishing and crabbing are two of the most popular activities on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

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Take a Virtual Tour!

Take a Virtual Tour of Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge


There's nothing like experiencing this refuge in person, but take a sneak peek to give you a hint of what's in store for you here!

Virtual Tour of Mattamuskeet

About the Complex

Mattamuskeet, Swanquarter, Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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Mattamuskeet, Cedar Island, and Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuges are managed as the Mattamuskeet Complex.

Mattamuskeet is managed as part of the Mattamuskeet, Swanquarter, Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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News, Updates, and Featured Wildlife

  • New MOU for Co-Management of Certain Programs

    Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Strengthen Collaboration to Improve the Lake’s Health & Boost Outdoor Recreation at Mattamuskeet NWR

    Updates on Lake Mattamuskeet
  • Northern Pintail


    Northern pintails spend the winter at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. They migrate south from northern Canada where they nest in the summer. On the refuge, they feed on grain, seeds of native and non-native plants, aquatic insects, crustaceans, and snails.

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  • Tundra Swan


    Tundra swans are very large birds that winter at the Mattamuskeet National Refuge and the surrounding areas. They breed in the high tundra across the top of North America.

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  • Wood Duck


    Wood Ducks are resident species on the Mattamuskeet River National Wildlife Refuge and they live forested swamps and nest in trees near open water. They use natural cavities in trees, but will use artificial nest boxes.

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Page Photo Credits — Tundra Swans by Jeff Lewis
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016
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