The refuge is a 850-acre peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake, a reservoir of the Catawba River and primary drinking water source for over 700,000 people in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. The refuge protects a diversity of natural communities, four miles of shoreline, and a natural heritage site.
North Carolina is blessed with a wide diversity of ecosystems and wildlife species. From elk to red wolves, from Venus fly traps to bobwhite quail, the state is home to more than 825 species of fish and wildlife, 175 species of butterflies, and over 625 flora species. The “Nine in North Carolina Not to Miss” list by no way includes all the special places the state offers hunters, anglers, campers, paddlers, hikers, photographers or birders, but it encompasses nine that are certain to capture the beauty and uniqueness that is North Carolina.
The list from west to east is:
- Little Tennessee River
- Green River Game Land
- Wilson Creek
- Stone Mountain State Park/Thurmond Chatham Game Land Complex
- Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge
- Hanging Rock State Park
- Roanoke River
- Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge-Pungo Unit
- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Learn more about each of these spectacular wildlife recreation sites.