Roanoke Sound Estuary

Information about the Roanoke Sound Estuary


It borders the towns of Nags Head, South Nags Head and a chunk of Bodie Island and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The Importance of Estuaries

  • Provide ecosystem services like water filtration and habitat protection.
  • Brings nutrients to surrounding watersheds.
  • Provides economic, cultural and ecological benefits.
  • They are also buffer zones.


  • Cattails
  • Sawgrass
  • Giant Cordgrass
  • Fish
  • Blue Crab

Rivers, streams and waterways that flow into the estuary

  • Albemarle Sound
  • Pamlico Sound
  • Roanoke River


  • Overfishing
  • Polution
  • Climate Change
  • Over population