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Pee Dee
National Wildlife Refuge

Rt. 1, Box 92 - Hwy. 52 N
Wadesboro, NC   28170
E-mail: peedee@fws.gov
Phone Number: 704-694-4424
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Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge

Situated along the Pee Dee River, Pee Dee NWR contains 8,443 acres in Anson and Richmond Counties, NC. The refuge was established to provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl.

Cooperative farming in field impoundments, water level management, and the bottomland hardwood forest along Brown Creek provide excellent habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Wintering waterfowl numbers fluctuate greatly, but can exceed 10,000 birds yearly. The refuge also supports a small population of wintering Southern James Bay Canada geese. Pee Dee Refuge is located a few hundred yards from the once famous "Lockhart Gaddy Wild Goose Refuge". In the 1950's, Gaddy's pond wintered more than 10,000 Canada geese a year. Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge was established in October 1963 to provide additional habitat for these geese and other waterfowl. Local numbers of wintering migratory geese have dwindled in recent years, but the refuge remains an important wintering area for the remaining geese and thousands of ducks.

But Pee Dee has more than just waterfowl. The refuge also supports an abundance of nesting neotropical migratory birds, bobwhite quail, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer. The diversity of habitat and management provides for more than 168 bird species, 49 reptiles and amphibians, 28 mammals, and 20 fish species. Refuge lands include the following habitat types: bottomland hardwood forest (3,000 acres), upland pine forest (1,500 acres), mixed pine/hardwood forest (2,000 acres), crop lands (1,000 acres), old fields, native warm season grass fields, and openings (1,000 acres).

Getting There . . .
From Charlotte, NC: Take Hwy. 74 East to Wadesboro. Turn left on Hwy. 52 North and continue 6 miles. Refuge office is on the right. From Wadesboro, NC: Take Hwy 52 North for 6 miles. Turn right into the refuge office facility.

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Wildlife and Habitat

splash statement: The variety of habitats supports a diversity of wildlife species. The refuge itself contains 3,000 acres of contiguous bottomland hardwood forest along Brown Creek.

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splash statement: Before the 1700's, the area that is now Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge was occupied by a tribe of Siouan-speaking Native Americans called the Catawbas.

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Management Activities
The refuge has an intensive management program that includes the following tools: -Water management for waterfowl and wading birds in a system of field impoundments. -Cooperative farming on 1,150 acres. -Timber management, including selective thinning. -Planting field borders and openings with wildlife food and cover plants, including native grasses. -Prescribed burning to maintain and enhance refuge habitats. -Deer herd management with public hunting. -Bird banding. -Law enforcement. -Partnerships with various organizations, agencies, and individuals to achieve refuge goals.