Information for Using Mattamuskeet Lodge
All use of the building, including the ECU dormitory, is by reservation. If you have not done so, please call the Lodge Coordinator as soon as possible to reserve your event. Weekends are usually booked months in advance, weekday availability is better. You will be billed for all days reserved at the rate of the number of persons attending, or reserved, whichever is more. A NON-REFUNDABLE RESERVATION FEE IS REQUIRED; this fee will be applied to the total bill at the end of your stay. One check, or cash, is preferred. If your group is from ECU, payment can be made through interdepartmental transfer of funds. ECU's federal tax I.D. number is 56-6000403 for agencies requiring this information.
TO MAKE RESERVATIONS
Please call Annette Gibbs, Lodge Coordinator, at (252) 926-1422 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The offices of the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge can answer questions regarding access to Refuge lands, collecting permits, and so forth. Please call (252) 926-4021 Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 p.m.
ECU FIELD STATION INFORMATION
The Field Station Director, Dr. Roger Rulifson, can answer questions about the facility and availability of field and A/V equipment. Please call (252) 328-1757.
WHAT IS THERE
Your dorm fee provides linens and access to the dormitory (east) wing of the Mattamuskeet Lodge. Linens include towel, wash cloth, fitted and top twin sheets, pillow case, pillow, and two blankets. The dormitory kitchen has a full stove, refrigerator, microwave, toasters, crock pots, cooking utensils, and cookware. There is a modest number of eating utensil sets (16) available. Stoneware plates and bowls are furnished.
THINGS TO BRING
Cups, food and drink, extra towel, personal items, suntan lotion, bug spray. There is a drink machine in the main hallway downstairs.
Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge is located on Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County.
Check-in time is after 1 p.m. and before 4 p.m. (5 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Please adhere to these times since groups are leaving just prior to your arrival, and the Lodge Coordinator leaves at 4 p.m.
Please go the front office and check in with the Lodge Coordinator. The Coordinator will provide the room assignments for your group, and have room and building keys if needed. Linens will be laid out in advance of your arrival. OTHER GROUPS ALSO USE THE BUILDING, so please be considerate of others.
A historical tour of the building at time of check-in can be arranged in advance with the Lodge Coordinator.
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DURING YOUR STAY
No Smoking - The Mattamuskeet Lodge is a historic building and predates modern fire
control equipment. For your own safety, and for the sake of the building,
no smoking is allowed at any time.
Linens - are a major expense for the Field Station. Please, use only what is provided
and do not "raid" the closet unless absolutely necessary. Also, please set aside unused linens and do not throw them in with the dirty ones at the end of your stay.
Kitchen Cleanliness - is critical to the functioning of the facility. You may be sharing kitchen time with other researchers, and Lodge tours do see this area. Please, be considerate of others and clean up after every meal.
Telephone - the Dormitory number is (252) 926-2207. This telephone rings day
or night in the Dorm lounge and is not answered by the Lodge Coordinator. IF IT RINGS, IT LIKELY IS FOR YOUR GROUP!!! Please answer this telephone. Instructions are on the phone. You may call long distance on this
phone by using any credit card with a 1-800 access code.
Message Board - is located at the entrance to the Dorm. Please leave messages on
this board, and check the board each time you return.
Tower Access - The tower is open to the public and Dorm users most days. At night
it should remain locked because the stairwell is not lighted. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GROUP LEADER TO CONTROL ACCESS TO THE TOWER AFTER 5 p.m.
Building Problems - the Mattamuskeet Lodge is a historic structure and often has problems.
Usually the problems are associated with power failure, plumbing, and the
Power Failure - can be from an outage or a fuse within the building. If all lights are out in the building, including lights in the parking lot, a general outage has occurred. Fuse problems occur when overloading
a circuit (too many hair dryers or room heaters). Contact the Lodge
Coordinator or Refuge personnel for assistance.
Plumbing - problems usually result from toilets running. Please, check all toilets
before leaving so that we do not burn out the Refuge lift station!!! This is very important.
Fire Alarm - usually goes off when too much dust settles on a sensor, or there is too much moisture. Evacuate the building. If after hours, call the Refuge personnel to reset the fire alarm system.
Refuge After Hours - Please obtain permission form Refuge personnel if you need to be on Refuge lands after sunset for activities. The Refuge is closed at night and trespassers can be arrested.
Remember, your group must leave the Dorm clean for the next group (who may be arriving within an hour of your departure). In the past, this rule has worked well with most groups and has helped keep expenses to a minimum. However, once in a blue moon a group is turned down for future reservations. Don't let it be you!
THE GROUP LEADER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING ALL ROOMS, BATHROOMS, AND KITCHEN/LOUNGE
TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS.
CHECK OUT IS ANY TIME UP TO 12:00 NOON. Another group may arrive at 1 p.m.
Keys - return keys to the Lodge Coordinator.
Linens - place dirty linens only at the location designated by the Lodge Coordinator.
Please set aside clean unused linens.
1. Wash, dry and put away all kitchenware and utensils.
2. Wipe off stove and countertops.
3. Remove YOUR unused food from refrigerator (please do not leave stuff
as a "favor"to the next group).
Do not throw away labeled food of other Dorm users.
4. Remove trash.
5. Straighten lounge area - return extra chairs to their proper place.
6. Sweep both kitchen and lounge. Cleaning items are in the lounge closet.
1. Remove dirty linens.
2. Fold blankets and place on beds.
3. Sweep out including under bed.
4. Empty trash can in kitchen.
5. Check in drawers, closet, and bathroom for forgotten personal items.
6. Wash out room sink.
7. Give the bathroom toilet bowl a swish with the toilet brush.
1. Check for personal items.
2. Pick up trash.
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