Dan and I drove down to this HUGE beautiful lake on Sunday. The following is a very brief bit of info about it;
Lake 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.
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