Lead Surveys and Low Water Levels in Entrance Road Impoundment

Migrant swans and ducks are arriving at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, but viewing opportunities may be limited. Surveys for lead are being conducted in the Entrance Road impoundment, which requires us to maintain low water levels through December. Unfortunately, this impacts bird use and viewing opportunities in a very popular location. Continue reading for more information about the surveys.

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge features the largest natural freshwater lake in North Carolina, Lake Mattamuskeet, as well as marshes, swamp forests, and upland forests. The refuge supports large numbers of wintering waterfowl, as well as a variety of breeding songbirds, mammals such as black bear and bobcat, and other wildlife. Fishing, birding, photography, and hunting are popular recreational activities.

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Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is a popular place for visitors to enjoy a variety of wildlife-dependent recreation. During fall and winter, concentrations of swan, geese, and ducks are a delight to both wildlife observers and photographers. Visitors are welcome to walk or bicycle throughout the refuge; however, visitors are cautioned to review the corresponding map and observe refuge regulatory signs, as some areas are closed to the public during the winter. The refuge’s canals, marshes, and Lake Mattamuskeet are frequented by anglers catching largemouth bass, striped bass, catfish, crappie, and other species. The refuge also hosts special white-tailed deer and waterfowl hunts.

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      Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Regulations

      General Hunting Regulations of Mattamuskeet Refuge is open to hunting of tundra swan, Canada and snow geese, ducks, coots, and white-tailed deer in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations.

      Projects and Research

      Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), working together as the Mattamuskeet Technical Working Group (abbreviated TWG), have been awarded $1 million dollars by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Large Invasive Species grant program to remove invasive common carp (Cyprinus carpio) from Lake Mattamuskeet. The removal of common...