Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge ‘Open Roads’ Dec. 6-8

By on November 15, 2019

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge

(Mackay Island Road by Bob Glennon)

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Hoff announced that Open Roads Days will be held daily from sunrise to sunset December 6-8, 2019. The public will be able to drive the roads normally closed to vehicular traffic around the refuge impoundments at the end of Mackay Island Road. This opportunity will allow visitors to observe and photograph the abundant waterfowl that frequent the refuge this time of year. Traffic must proceed around the impoundments in a counter-clockwise direction as indicated by signs.

Refuge staff will monitor road conditions during the event. If road conditions begin to deteriorate due to heavy rainfall and traffic the event may be cancelled early. The Refuge headquarters area will remain closed during this event. Activities may include hiking, bicycling, fishing, and wildlife observation and photography. The refuge speed limit is 15 mph and visitors are asked to park in safe, suitable locations.

The entrance to the Open Roads area is located at 592 Knotts Island Rd. Knotts Island, NC, 6.2 miles south of the NC state line on Hwy. 615. Knotts Island may be reached by traveling south on Princess Anne Road from Virginia Beach, VA or by taking the free ferry from Currituck, NC.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million- acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations.

The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts.

The agency also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.



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