A smartphone snapping a photo of a bright yellow flower in a grassy field

Mackay Island NWR provides a number of good photography opportunities. The Kuralt Trail Overlook provides an elevated platform for an excellent view of the Great Marsh. During the fall and winter, tundra swans, ducks, and large concentrations of snow geese congregate in the ponds south of this site. The Great Marsh Trail (0.3 mile loop) provides a scenic journey through a swamp-like habitat and is home to a variety of songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, and other creatures. Mackay Island Road and Live Oak Point Trail (Open Mar 15-Oct 15) also provide good wildlife observation and photography opportunities. Access around these impoundments is limited to foot traffic and bicycles only.