Wings Over Water
Wings over Water is an annual event that promotes wildlife and wildlands!
Mattamuskeet hosts many exciting hunting opportunities for visitors to enjoy.
Fishing and crabbing are two of the most popular activities on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.
Take a Virtual Tour!
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, 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
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
Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Strengthen Collaboration to Improve the Lake’s Health & Boost Outdoor Recreation at Mattamuskeet NWRUpdates on Lake Mattamuskeet
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.Learn More
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. Learn More
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. Learn More
Swan Days is a celebration of the return of the Tundra Swans to Lake Mattamuskeet! Fun for the whole family with many exciting events!
Page Photo Credits Tundra Swans by Jeff Lewis
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016