Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • WoWRotator

    Wings Over Water

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

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  • Swan Days

    Join us for a variety of activities December 8, 2018.

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  • HuntingRotator


    Mattamuskeet hosts many exciting hunting opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

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  • Fishing rotator


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

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News & Updates

Lake Mattamuskeet's Watershed Restoration Plan

The draft plan is now complete and is 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

Mattamuskeet, Swanquarter, Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Mattamuskeet, Swanquarter, Cedar Island 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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