Lake Mattamuskeet is the largest natural lake in North Carolina. It is a shallow body of water averaging only two feet in depth. It’s part of Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. The lake is 16 miles long, five to six miles wide, encompassing approximately 40,000 acres. Mattamuskeet NWR lies in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway and provides valuable migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Waterfowl numbers exceed 100,000 each winter and include snow geese, Canada geese, tundra swans and 22 species of ducks. While noted for its waterfowl, Mattamuskeet NWR also provides habitats for a significant fishery resource, nesting pairs of osprey, wintering bald eagles and peregrine falcons, deer, bobcats, otters, gray foxes, an occasional black bear and red wolf.
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