In 2006, the United States Congress gave North Carolina a grand and historic gift in deeding to the state the Mattamuskeet Lodge, a nearly 75-year-old building treasured by hunters, birdwatchers and historians.
Since then, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the Department of Cultural Resources have been working to renovate the building, which previously had been declared unsuitable for occupancy.
Once a pump station, it became a hunting lodge in the 1930s. It was placed on the National Historic Register in 1980.
The Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge Renovation Project is currently on-hold until the State of North Carolina identifies available repair funds to complete the Lodge. Budget shortfalls since 2008 have prevented the allocation of funds to complete the Lodge.
Phase I and Phase II have been completed, but Phase III, which consists of all interior and exterior renovation work, is pending.