Lake Mattamuskeet Professional Review and Guide
"Drive about ninety minutes west from Nags Head on U.S. 264 and you will be pleasantly surprised. Lake Mattamuskeet, North Carolina’s largest natural lake, is a paddler’s paradise. From December through February, Lake Mattamuskeet attracts thousands of swans, ducks, and geese. A first-class hotel was built with a full fleet of freight and passenger boats available for use. This plan did not take long to fall apart, however. Wet soil conditions, excessive rain, and the fact that the lake is several feet below sea level changed the developer’s plans.
In 1934, 50,000 acres of the farm were sold to the U.S. government for developing into a wildlife refuge. The Civilian Conservation Corps helped to set up the refuge and convert the pumping plant into a rustic lodge for hunting and fishing. Mattamuskeet Lodge opened to the public in 1937 and became known as the Canada goose hunting capital of the world. The lodge now attracts kayakers, bird-watchers, and photographers who come to see the wildlife. You will enjoy this beautiful paddle no matter what the season."