Zeke’s Island Reserve

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Zeke’s Island Reserve


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  • Hwy 421 South

    Kure Beach,   NC   28449

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    UNC Wilmington Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K Moss Lane

    Wilmington,   NC   28409


Zeke’s Island Reserve is located in the Cape Fear River basin and was one of the three original National Estuarine Research Reserve components dedicated by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the Division of Coastal Management in 1985. The lagoon-like intertidal complex found at the Zeke's Island Reserve is one of the most important shorebird feeding habitats on the East Coast. Bird species such as dunlin, black-bellied plovers, short-billed dowitchers, white ibis, and great blue herons as well as black ducks, mallards, and pintails have been recorded at Zeke's Island.

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Hwy 421 South
Kure Beach NC 28449


Latitude: 33° 56' 30.0228" / Longitude: -77° 56' 36.168"

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U.S. 421 from Wilmington, which provides easy access to all of the recreational areas north of the site, ends at Federal Point – adjacent to the Zeke’s Island site. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission maintains a public boat ramp at the northern shore of the Basin. The New Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department maintains a pedestrian beach access facility and vehicular dune crossover on Federal Point. The entrance for these is on U.S. 421, just north of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Access within the Reserve is primarily by private boat while the barrier spit is accessible by foot or off-road vehicle.

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