U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Refuge
■ Established: 1964.
Location: the refuge is
approximately 40 miles northeast
of Beaufort, NC by U.S. Highway
70 and NC Highway 12 along the
conﬂuence of the Pamlico and Core
Sounds, located in Carteret County,
Two boat ramps.
■ Refuge’s main feature is an
extensive, relatively undisturbed
Concentrations of diving ducks
(lesser scaups, redheads,
canvasbacks, bufﬂeheads), sea
ducks, American black ducks, black
rails, wading birds, and shorebirds.
Shorebird and osprey nesting
occurs on beaches, islands and
Habitat consists of irregularly
ﬂooded brackish marsh (11,000
acres) and forested wetlands (3,480
Financial Impact of Refuge
■ Staff: one employee (administered
from Mattamuskeet National
photo: Mike Hopiak
Bruce Freske, Refuge Manager
Cedar Island NWR
38 Mattamuskeet Road
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
Phone: 252/926 4021
Fax: 252/926 1743
Public Use Opportunities
■ Fishing (saltwater).
20,000-30,000 visits annually.
■ Provide habitat and protection
for endangered species such as
American alligators and piping
Provide habitat and protection for
migratory waterfowl and other
Provide wildlife-related recreation
and environmental education for
■ Prescribed ﬁre.
Calendar of Events
Questions and Answers
What is the common marsh grass that
is readily seen as you travel down
Highway 12 through the refuge?
Black needlerush. This vast expanse
of black needlerush provides habitat
for rails, crabs, and other important
Can I hunt waterfowl on Cedar
Waterfowl hunting is permitted on
400 acres of marsh designated as a
Public Hunting Area. Federal and
state regulations apply.