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


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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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    Interpretation & Environmental Education

    Most educational and interpretive programming for this refuge occurs in partnership with the Roanoke-Cashie River Center.

    Interpretation and Environmental Education

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    Birds of the Roanoke

    Visit our Birds page, where we have provide a list of the most commonly seen and/or most frequently sought-after birds of the Roanoke.


Refuge Happenings

What's in the News?

Keep up with news releases from eastern North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges

News Releases

North Carolina Junior Duck Stamp Program

Best of Show

Did you know there is a contest each year for a Junior Duck Stamp, in addition to the National Duck Stamp program?? Youth in grades K - 12 (public, private or home-schooling is fine) may enter. Each state holds a competition. Winners move up to compete at the National level. If you have a budding artist in the family or in your class at school, check this out!

Check out the Junior Duck Stamp Program

Hunting on Roanoke River Refuge


Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, offers special hunt permit for small game, turkey, and deer hunts at various times throughout the year.

Hunting on the Roanoke

Swainson's Warbler


Swainson’s warblers reside on Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge from April through October, nesting in the river cane understories of bottomland hardwood forests. They eat insects. Swainson’s warbler migrates to Central American and the West Indies for the winter

Swainson’s Warbler
Take a Sneak Peek

Take a Virtual Tour of Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge

Ropanoke River On-cell sign

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!

Virtual Tour of Roanoke River

About the Complex

Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges 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