Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
Knotts Island 

Refuge Headquarters

Charles Kuralt Overlook

Great Marsh Trail

Mackay Island Roads

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Mackay Island
Official Site


Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge is probably the greatest treasure on Knotts Island.

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge was established on December 30, 1960. The Service established the original boundary of 7,835 acres in 1961 and expanded the boundary to 9,503 acres in 1991.

Today the refuge covers 8,219 acres of land in Currituck County, North Carolina, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, along with 4,383 acres of land and 3,931 acres of conservation easement at the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge on the Outer Banks of Currituck County, North Carolina. 

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the refuge safely and responsibly.
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