Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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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
Enjoy National Wildlife Refuges

Enjoy National Wildlife Refuges

Hunting, Fishing, Wildlife observation, Wildlife photography and much more!

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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