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About Lake Mattamuskeet Native Americans of Lake Mattamuskeet Draining the Lake

ake Mattamuskeet is the largest natural lake in North Carolina. The lake is a wetlands depression that fills with rain water and the natural runoff from the land around it. There are no underground springs or headwaters feeding into the huge lake. The lake bed is three to five feet below sea level.

Lake Mattamuskeet is one of a number of Carolina Bay lakes of disputed origin. An Indian legend attributes its formation to a fire that burned for thirteen moons. Scientists cite the possibility of a prehistoric meteor shower or underground peat fires in speculating about how the lake formed.

Since 1934, the U. S. Government has owned Lake Mattamuskeet and it makes up most of Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. The lake is a favorite wintering spot for migratory birds in the Atlantic Flyway.

Almost surrounded by water, many residents of Hyde County make their living fishing, but farming always has been the largest industry in the county. Hunting and fishing are favorite sports in Hyde County and the county is blessed with an abundance of wildlife.


The Mattamuskeet Foundation, Inc

The Mattamuskeet Foundation, Inc.
4377 Lewis Lane Road, Ayden, NC  28513  USA
Ph: 252.746.4221 // Fax: 252.746.4698

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