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All permits for Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges are issued through the Alligator River Office.  Other refuges are autonomous.  Alligator River is the lead refuge for this Complex.  If you were web- surfing on one of the other refuge sites, you may find your way back to that refuge by following one of these links:  Pea Island - Mackay Island -  Currituck -  Pocosin Lakes - Roanoke River.


  • Hunting Permits

    A Refuge Hunting Permit is required to participate in all hunting activities on Alligator River Refuge..  Likewise, a  permit is required to hunt on other nearby refuges.  Alligator River is the lead refuge for this Complex.  If you were web- surfing on one of the other refuge sites, you may find your way back to that refuge by following one of these links:  Pea Island Mackay Island -  Currituck -  Pocosin Lakes - Roanoke River.

  • Nighttime Surf Fishing Permit

    To fish in the ocean after dark on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, you must have a Nighttime Surf Fishing Permit.

  • Special Use Permits

     On national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina, all commercial activities require a Special Use Permit. Currently, we issue special use permits for guided paddling trips.  To receive a special use permit for conducting any commerical activities, you must submit an application.  There is no guarantee you will receive the permit, and you should apply early enough to allow 2-4 week of time for processing.  Some activities may require bublic involvement, which would add at least 30 days to the processing time.  You may submit by email or US Mail (P. O. Box 1969, Manteo, NC 27954)  Weddings and other non-wildlife dependent gatherings are not authorized. Contact the Refuge Administrative Office in Manteo for more information by calling 252-473-1131 X224.

  • Permits (Research and other)

    In general, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.  Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law.  Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife.  Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

    These non-refuge-specific Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds.

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

  • Passes

    Though refuges in eastern North Carolina do not require an entry fee, many refuges across the country do require such a fee.  

     A series of passes covers the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including national wildlife refuges.

    Existing Golden Eagle Passports and National Parks Passes with an expiration date will be honored until they expire. Paper versions of the Golden Age or Golden Access Passports should be exchanged for the new Senior or Access passes. However, plastic Golden Age or Access passes are valid for the pass holder's lifetime and do not need to be exchanged.

    The Senior and Access passes are good for the lifetime of the holder and make available (to the pass holder only) 50 percent discounts on some expanded amenity fees.

    For the first time, decals and hangtags are available: decals for those who park open-topped vehicles (like Jeeps) or motorcycles at unstaffed federal recreation sites, and hangtags for those who anticipate parking closed vehicles at unmanned facilities.

    Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more information about passes.

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Heading home... by Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2016
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