Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick



A Bounty of Birds

Cedar island is home to many different birds such as the Black Rail. Come explore what kinds of birds you can see on your visit!

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New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

The New Hunt Program Changes as of August 31, 2020. Cedar Island NWR has made changes to the hunt program in the Final 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process.

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Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to a variety of wildlife including otter, fox, snapping turtle and clapper rails!

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Take a Virtual Tour

Take a Tour of Cedar Island 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 Cedar Island

About the Complex

Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Coastal NC 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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