Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

North Carolina

(252) 926-4021

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Overview

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in Carteret County, North Carolina is on the end of a peninsula marking the southern end of Pamlico Sound. The refuge lies five miles east of the Atlantic ocean and about 40 miles northeast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Established in 1964, the refuge consists of approximately 11,000 acres of irregularly-flooded, brackish marsh and 3,480 acres of pocosin and woodland habitat. The dominant marsh plants include black needlerush, saltmarsh cordgrass, saltmeadow hay, and saltgrass. The woodland areas are dominated by loblolly, longleaf and pond pine. Live oak is also abundant on some upland sites. The marsh and surrounding waters provide wintering habitat for thousands of ducks and nesting habitat for colonial waterbirds.

Map of Cedar Island NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 34.948991, -76.342621

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Activities

  • Boating

    Public boat landings are located at the end of Lola Road beyond the refuge field office and next to the Thorofare Bridge on Highway 12.

  • Fishing

    Visitors also enjoy crabbing and fishing. Common fish include spotted seatrout, Atlantic flounder, spot, and Atlantic croaker. Because opportunities for bank or surf fishing are limited, fishing by boat is preferable. Public boat landings are located at the end of Lola Road beyond the refuge field office and next to the Thorofare Bridge on Highway 12.

  • Hunting

    Waterfowl hunting is permitted in accordance with applicable Federal and State regulations. Hunting is restricted to an area of 400 acres of marsh shown on the map and as posted by "Public Hunting Area" signs. In addition to the regular regulations, hunters are reminded that only temporary blinds that are removed daily are permitted.

Directions

Driving

The refuge lies about 5 miles northeast of the community of Atlantic and about 40 miles northeast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Access to the refuge is via US 70 and NC Highway 12 from Morehead City. Cedar Island can also be accessed by ferry from Ocracoke Island.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(252) 926-4021

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