Beachside to Boardwalk Family Fun in Carolina Beach
More than 16,400 acres of salt marsh island and forested wetlands. The refuge provides wintering habitat for hundreds of black ducks, mergansers, bufflehead, ruddy ducks and thousands of canvasbacks, redheads, surf scoters, and scaup. Provides nesting habitat for osprey, black ducks and colonial waterbirds and supports one of the northernmost populations of the American alligator.
Visitors can enjoy such recreational opportunities as wildlife observation, fishing, and waterfowl hunting. Visitors are welcome to hike or bike through the two undeveloped trails on the refuge during daylight hours. A 1,000-foot fishing pier is available along with fishing by boat around the marsh edges. A 6,120-acre area of marsh is open to duck and coot hunting in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations.