Current Road Conditions at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

The majority of the public use roads on the Pungo Unit are open for vehicles weighing 8,000 pounds or less. Almost all refuge roads, especially those on the Pungo Unit, are dirt and may be muddy during periods of wet weather. Please check the weather and use caution when roads are wet.

The descriptions below summarize current road status as of April 1, 2024. For road condition updates, please call 252-796-3004, extension 225.

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South Lake Road

South Lake Road is one-way. Traffic flows from D-Canal Road on the west end to Hyde Park Rd on the east.

North Lake Road

North Lake Road is now open to foot traffic. Please stay on the road and do not walk into the farm fields. Bikes are not allowed on North Lake Road from November - July. 

The refuge continues to provide safe wildlife observation opportunities while limiting the amount of disturbance to wildlife and sensitive habitats. Bikes are allowed on other refuge roads open to the public.

West Lake Road

West Lake Road, located on the Pungo Unit, is closed to all vehicles but remains open to foot traffic. 

Harold's Road

Pocosin Lakes NWR announces a temporary closure of the crossroad (Harold's Rd) between Dehoog and Boerema Roads. The roads are being repaired because of unsafe conditions around the water control structures. The roads will be reopened as soon as conditions are safe for the public. We apologize for any inconveniences.

South Pungo Road

South Pungo Road between Pats Road and Van Staaldulnen Road is reopened to all public access.

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