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National Wildlife Refuge

85 Mattamuskeet Road
Swan Quarter, NC   27885
E-mail: mattamuskeet@fws.gov
Phone Number: 252-926-4021
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Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in North Carolina, winters thousands of tundra swans, Canada and snow geese, and many species of ducks. The lake is also noted for
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Boat access is allowed from Mar 1st to Nov 1st. Sport fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, bream, and other species is popular on Lake Mattamuskeet. Outboard motors are allowed on the refuge, however boaters are cautioned about the shallow lake depth. Recreational blue "crabbing" is allowed on the lake and is a popular activity on and around the refuge's water control structures.

Mattamuskeet NWR provides quality public hunting opportunies for white-tailed deer, resident canada geese, snow geese, tundra swans, ducks, and coots. Hunting permits are issued by means of a application/lottery system. For current hunting information contact the refuge headquarters: (mattamuskeet@fws.gov).

Wildlife Observation
During fall and winter; concentrations of geese, swans, and ducks are a delight to both birdwatchers and photographers. Tundra Swans and other waterfowl species are normally present in large numbers along the refuge headquarters entrance road, Highway 94, the Wildlife Drive, and observation areas on the lake along Highway 94.

Mattamuskeet Refuge hosts "Swan Days" each year in early December. Celebrating the annual return of thousands of tundra swans & other waterfowl to Lake Mattamuskeet. You may choose to participate in a guided tour of the Refuge, visit the local arts & crafts vendor displays, or watch live crafting demonstrations.

The refuge office is open from 7:30am to 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, year-round, except holidays. The Wildlife Drive and outdoor recreation activites are open dawn to dusk, year-round.

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