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.

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  • 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.



Hunting & Fishing

Hunting and fishing are two of the most popular activities you can enjoy on Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge.

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New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

The New Hunt Program Changes as of August 31, 2020. Swanquarter NWR has made changes to the hunt program in the Final 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process.

Hunt Fish Opportunities

What's the News??

Keep up with recent news releases from national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina

News Releases



Buffleheads are diving ducks that reside on the Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge during the fall and winter. They use shallow, sheltered coves, harbors, estuaries, or beaches. Buffleheads dive for aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans, and mollusks. They typically swallow their food while still underwater.

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Forster's Tern


Forster’s Terns reside on Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge in the fall and winter. They occupy the refuge’s brackish marshes, water bodies within the marshes, and the shorelines of the sound. They eat small fish, shrimp, and crabs.

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Take a Virtual Tour!

Take a Virtual Tour of Swanquarter 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!

Virtual Tour of Swanquarter

About the Complex

Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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.

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