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Pea Island
National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island NWR is a popular resting, nesting, and feeding spot for more than 365 species of migratory birds.  Refuge visitors enjoy birding, paddling, surf fishing and more.
NC 12 south
for shipping: 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954;
Rodanthe, NC   27968
E-mail: peaisland@fws.gov
Phone Number: 252-473-1131
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Hundreds of thousands of migrating birds and visitors "flock" to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to feed the body and spirit.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Pea Island Visitor Center is open 9-4 daily from March through November and week-ends (Thursday through Sunday) during the winter months. Friendly volunteers are on hand to provide refuge, wildlife, or other information, schedule you for a canoe tour, give you a bird list or refuge leaflet, or sell you a book or refuge T-shirt! The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society (the refuge support group) operates a gift shop in the Visitor Center where you'll find nature and conservation related books, t-shirts, jewelry and other educational items and gift ideas. Be sure to stop by on your visit

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Pea Island offers access to both the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound for saltwater fishing.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is closed to all hunting

Salt Flats Wildlife Trail is a slightly shorter trail on the north end of North Pond that terminates at a disabled-accessible overlook which provides viewing access to the Salt Flats area, as well as North Pond.

-Interpretive Programs/Tours - The Refuge Calendar of Events lists ongoing programs conducted by staff and volunteers. There is a fee charged for guided canoe tours. Otherwise, all public programs are offered free of charge. Requests for special programs should be made by calling 252-987-1118.

-Environmental Education Programs are offered on request. Special prices are given to educational groups for the guided canoe tours. To schedule a program for a group, call 252-987-1118.

-Join us in the fall each year for Wings Over Water.

Wildlife Observation
Pea Island offers almost thirteen miles of beautiful, barrier island beach, undisturbed by vehicles. Many visitors seek the peace and solitude of the refuge beach, choosing to walk the extra distance for the quiet and less-crowded conditions. Shelling, beachcombing, and just strolling along the shoreline are popular activities.

In addition to the wildlife trails, which offer tremendous observation and photography opportunities, there is a photography blind located very near NC Highway 12. Please call the Visitor Center (252-987-2394) for directions to the blind. And there are many less formal opportunities to enjoy these activities. Unless an area is signed as "Closed to Public Entry", you may wander throughout the beach, salt flats and dune areas of the refuge.

Pea Island offers access to both the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound for saltwater fishing.

Entrance Fees
None required

Use Fees
No fees, except for guided canoe tours
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