Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.


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    Looking for an Internship?

    Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and other refuges in eastern North Carolina offer internship experiences rivaled by no others.

    Learn More about Internships

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    Gateway to eastern NC Refuges

    The National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island is open daily, year-round, is FREE, and offers the experience of a lifetime!

    National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center

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    The refuge allows gun hunting for deer on the Pungo Unit by special permit only and issues a limited amount of applications.

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    Wildlife Observation

    Bear and deer can often be observed along refuge roads or feeding in farm fields in the Pungo Unit.

    Learn More

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    Walter B Jones Sr Center for the Sounds

    Stop by the Refuge Visitor Center for warm, friendly greetings and current information. Open 9-4, Tuesday-Sunday, April though November.

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Download your leaflet here, or drop by the refuge to pick up a paper copy! The downloaded leaflet will print on 4 8.5 X 11 sheets.

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Ground Truthing....

Ground Truthing

Come here often to learn the facts about Refuge Projects and activities. If you don't find answers here for your questions or concerns, please email us (, so we may prepare the information both for you and to post here for easy access to all! Most recent questions have focused on our Resource Management, particularly our Hydrology Restoration work. Please take some time to read about the work we're doing. And, we've created a set of pages called "Ground Truthing...." to transparently address questions and concerns. You can help us by letting us know your questions or concerns.

Ground Truthing....

Information Bulletins


Keep up with current information for NC National Wildlife Refuges!

What's in the News??

We manage habitat!


Many young people think Wildlife Biologists handle baby animals all day. On the contrary, our claim to fame is we manage DIRT! Often, the closest we get to wildlife is seeing tracks or scat they leave behind... or feathers!

Resource Management
Take A Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge


There's nothing like experiencing this refuge in person, but take a sneak peek to give you a hint of what's in store for you here!

Take a virtual Refuge tour!

About the Complex

North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS