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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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


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    Wings Over Water

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

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  • Swan Days Festival

    Join us for a variety of activities on December 7th.

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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

New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

The New Hunt Program Changes as of August 31, 2020. Mattamuskeet 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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Environmental Action Statement

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Action Statement for Hunt Categorical Exclusion

Environmental Action Statement

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

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
2018-2019 Waterfowl Hunt Blind Assignments

Waterfowl Hunt Blind Assignments

Successful hunters who applied for the waterfowl hunts at the Refuge have been assigned blinds for the two consecutive hunt dates for which they were drawn.

2018-2019 Waterfowl Hunt Blind Assignments

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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