In The Community

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Mackay Island is located in the community of Knotts Island, NC (pop. 2,500), a safe and quiet community with a gas station/grocery store and post office.  Virginia Beach and Chesapeake are about a 30-45 minute drive away. These are large cities with movie theaters, fast food restaurants, nicer restaurants, a nice recreation center about 35 minutes from the refuge in Virginia and a public beach.


Each year on several occasions the refuge hosts "Open Roads Day".  These events provide opportunities to fish and to observe waterfowl and other wildlife by driving the dike system around the impoundments (pools) on the refuge. These roads are usually closed to traffic.  Visit our Calendar of Events page for a complete listing of Special Events.