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
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.
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.