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Mackay Island
National Wildlife Refuge

Snow Geese.
316 Marsh Causeway
Knotts Island, NC   27950 - 0039
E-mail: mackayisland@fws.gov
Phone Number: 252-429-3100
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Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Atlantic Flyaway providing wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Organized tours and programs are available to the public upon request. If you are interested please contact the refuge office for more information.

Fishing and boating are permitted from March 15-October 15, but closed the rest of the year to minimize waterfowl disturbance. The Knotts Island Causeway, the Great Marsh Trail, and the first mile of Mackay Island Road are open to fishing throughout the year.

Public hunts are conducted each year to control the white-tailed deer population. Special permits and regulations apply; please contact the refuge for more information.

Wildlife interpretive displays and literature may be found at the refuge Visitor Contact Station/Office, the Kuralt Trail Overlook, the Mackay Island Road entrance, and the Great Marsh Trail to help the visitor better understand the refuge and its objectives.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation and Photography The Kuralt Trail Overlook provides an elevated platform for an excellent view of the Great Marsh. During the fall and winter, tundra swans, ducks, and large concentrations of snow geese congregate in the ponds south of this site. The Great Marsh Trail (0.3 mile loop) provides a scenic journey through a swamp like habitat and is home to a variety of songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, and other creatures.

Mackay Island Road and Live Oak Point Trail also provide good wildlife observation opportunities. Access around these impoundments is limited to foot and bicycles only. A disabled accessible fishing pier is located on the East Pool impoundment (contact the office for information on access). A small boat ramp, providing access into the Great Marsh is located near the dike gate on Mackay Island Road.

The refuge is open during daylight hours seven days a week with the exception of the area near the refuge office, which is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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