Beaufort County is blessed with an abundance of wildlife.
For hunters waterfowl and white-tail deer are the most sought
after. Additionally there is a sufficient population of
black bear, squirrels, and quail to tempt those who enjoy
the adventure of the hunt.
those who don't hunt, but enjoy observing wildlife in natural
surroundings they will see many of these marvelous cretures
on a daily basis - and for a short ride to Lake Mattamuskeet
during fall and winter they are likely to see them en masse.
Refuge was established in 1934 and presently manages
just over 50,000 acres. Mattamuskeet Lodge, which is in
the National Register of Historic Places, is 9 miles east
of Swan Quarter.
main feature is the 40,000 acre lake, which is North Carolina’s
largest natural lake. Here one will find largemouth bass,
sunfish (bream), white perch, crappie, alewives (herring)
and blue crabs.