Opened and managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Goose Creek Gameland is a series of waterfowl impoundments, each about 200 acres in size on a peninsula on the south side of the Pamlico River between Aurora and Hobucken in Beaufort and Pamlico counties. The best time to observe waterfowl is from January 20 through February. The best time to see wading birds is from May to August. Impoundments are north and east of NC 33 and are best reached from several public launch sites nearby. The swamp forest is south and west of NC 33. Hunting occurs during fall, winter and April through May, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and holidays. The best time to visit the gameland is non-hunting days. Visitors will need a boat to see much of the area. The water can often be rough so boats 16 feet or longer are advised.