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Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge to ‘open roads’ this weekend

At Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, Open Roads Days will be held from sunrise to sunset on Dec. 4-6, 2020.

Manager Mike Hoff made the announcement Nov. 30.

The public will be able to drive the roads normally closed to vehicular traffic around the refuge impoundments at the end of Mackay Island Road.

This opportunity will allow visitors to observe and photograph the abundant waterfowl that frequent the refuge this time of year. Traffic must proceed around the impoundments in a counter-clockwise direction as indicated by signs.

Refuge staff will monitor road conditions during the event. If road conditions begin to deteriorate due to heavy rainfall and traffic, the event may be canceled early.

The refuge headquarters area will remain closed during this event.

Activities may include hiking, bicycling, fishing and wildlife observation and photography.

The refuge speed limit is 15 miles per hour and visitors are asked to park in safe, suitable locations.

The entrance to the Open Roads area is located at 592 Knotts Island Rd., Knotts Island, 6.2 miles south of the North Carolina state line on Hwy. 615. Knotts Island may be reached by traveling south on Princess Anne Road from Virginia Beach, Va. or by taking the free ferry from Currituck.

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