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Masonboro Island Reserve

Masonboro Island is a barrier island in New Hanover County, North Carolina. The island, which is undeveloped and available only by boat, belongs of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve and a North Carolina State Natural Area. It lies south of Wrightsville Beach, separated by Masonboro Inlet, and north of Carolina Beach, separated by Carolina Beach Inlet.

The island is a destination for boating, surfing, and camping. Masonboro Island is a mix of marshes, dunes and tidal flats, with beaches along its Atlantic coastline and a chain of small hills and wetland islands along Masonboro Noise, which belongs to the Intracoastal Waterway. The beaches are a nesting ground for loggerheads and green sea turtles, and the waters on the sound side of the island are a nursery for spot, mullet, go to pieces and pompano.

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