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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Wings Over Water

    Wings over Water is an annual event that promotes wildlife and wildlands!

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    Mattamuskeet hosts many exciting hunting opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

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    Fishing and crabbing are two of the most popular activities on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

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News & Updates

Information Bulletins and Newsletters

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Follow this link for access to the latest information bulletins and other current refuge information. You'll love our refuge complex newsletter, WINGS. It's full of colorful photos and articles about all that happens on the refuges.

News Releases and Newsletters

Lake Mattamuskeet's Watershed Restoration Plan

The draft plan is complete and was open for review and comment until November 2, 2018. More information on the watershed restoration planning process can be found here.

Lake Mattamuskeet's Watershed Restoration Plan

Water Warning Signs

Mattamuskeet NWR recently posted public information signs about potentially harmful algal blooms in Lake Mattamuskeet. The presence of cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (HABs) have been documented in the lake. While you may not be able to see any algal blooms, they are present in the lake. The refuge wants you to be aware of this situation. As a precaution, we recommend you wash thoroughly if you come in contact with lake water. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have additional questions, please contact the refuge office.

Harmful Algal Bloom FAQs
Enjoy Your Refuge Visit

Enjoy Your Refuge Visit

Hunting, fishing, wildlife and bird photography--it's all here!

About the Complex

Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges 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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