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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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The saltwater marshes of Swanquarter NWR provide wintering habitat for waterfowl, breeding sites for black ducks, and valuable nursery areas for many types of marine species.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

The 1000 foot long Bell Island fishing pier is the most popular feature of Swanquarter Refuge. The fishing pier may be reached via a 2 mile dirt road off Hwy 264 just west of Swan Quarter, NC. Atlantic croaker, spot, weakfish, spotted seatrout, and Atlantic flounder are among the commonly caught fish. Crabbing is popular during the warmer months. Fishing the open water and marsh edges is accomplished via boat ramps operated by the state or private ramps at Swan Quarter, Rose Bay, and Juniper Bay.

A 6,120 acre portion of marsh is open to duck and coot hunting in accordance with state and federal regulations. The hunt area includes Great Island and portions of the marsh north of Great Island bordering Juniper Bay. A Presidential Proclamation area prohibits migratory bird hunting in the remainder of the Refuge. For additional hunting information contact the Refuge: (mattamuskeet@fws.gov)

Wildlife Observation
Visitors are welcome to hike or bike the two undeveloped roads on the refuge. Access the trails via the road to the Bell Island fishing pier. The Bell Island Road and the pier provide excellent wildlife viewing

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

The refuge is open daylight hours only. There is no visitor center at Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge. Swanquarter is administered by Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

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