TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - REFUGE VISITOR CENTERS AND OFFICES CLOSED TO PUBLIC - REFUGE LANDS ARE OPEN


TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - REFUGE VISITOR CENTERS AND OFFICES CLOSED TO PUBLIC - REFUGE LANDS ARE OPEN

Due to deteriorating road conditions on parts of Sawyer Lake Road, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed the portion of Sawyer Lake Road between Milltail Road and Butler Road. The closure begins today, April 2. Work towards getting the road repaired is underway. But the length of closure is unknown.
Soil beneath Sawyer Lake Road is a peat material that is rotting out and causing numerous portions of the road to cave in, posing a danger to drivers and passengers. What looks like a small surface hole is often quite large below the exterior.
Visitors may use an alternative route by driving further south on Milltail Road to Sandy Ridge Road (first right), Sandy Ridge Road to Butler Road, and then Butler Road back to Sawyer Lake Road.

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Until further notice, Visitor Center and Offices for National Wildlife Refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex will be closed to the general public due to safety measures put in place locally to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.   For general inquiries, contact alligator_river@fws.gov or call 252-216-9464 or 252-473-1132 X224.  You may also try to contact each refuge directly; however, staffing is limited to critical/essential employees.   Outdoor areas of refuges remain open during daylight hours.