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General Information

Description - The refuge was created in 1984 when Prudential Life Insurance Company donated 118,000 acres in Dare and Tyrell Counties to the Service. Additional lands have been added in the intervening years while the Tyrell County lands were transferred to Pocosin Lakes NWR.

The vast expanse of undisturbed swamp forest and wetlands on this 152,000 acre refuge contains many important wildlife and ecological resources. Since clear-cutting, peat mining, and agricultural conversion have developed much of the Pamlico Peninsula, this area remains one of the most remote and diverse swamps in eastern North Carolina. Natural communities include nonriverine swamp forests, pocosins, freshwater and brackish marshes. Its isolation and undisturbed quality add to the value of its rich wildlife habitats. The refuge is part of the northern border of the American alligator's range and remains as one of the last strongholds of the black bear in North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic coast. This diverse ecosystem provides important habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, many species of waterfowl, neotropical migrant songbirds, and many other wildlife species. The refuge serves as the core area for a bold experiment to reintroduce the red wolf back into the wild.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 44 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures range above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 48 to 52 inches (122 to 132 centimeters).

Location - Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge lies at the eastern end of a broad, flat and swampy peninsula in northeastern North Carolina. The refuge lies in the mainland portion of Dare County and Hyde counties and is within a five county region bounded on the north by Albemarle Sound, on the east by Croatan and Pamlico Sounds,and on the south by Pamlico Sound and Pamlico River.

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Contact Information:
Alligator River NWR, P.O. Box 1969 , Manteo, NC, 27954, Phone: 919-473-1131
, r4rw_nc.all@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - Throughout history, the coastal regions of the globe have been major attractions. North Carolina's Coastal Region is no different. With its mild climate, this beautiful eastern region of the state entertains millions of guests all year.
North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges - The Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina cover areas of upland forests, wetland forests, marshlands, rivers, coastal estuaries and more. They provide fishing, wildlife watching, bird-watching, plant life observation and enjoyment for the public.
Outer Banks Area - Elizabeth City is known for its favorable climate and proximity to the Outer Banks. The area is rich in history and offers diverse recreation and business opportunities due to its location on the Pasquotank River which rests above the Albemarle Sound.

Alligator River NWR - Official agency website


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