All Trails Open (except Woodland)
All trails aside from the Woodland Trail are open. Please be cautious as we are still clearing shoulders of trails and roads.
OSV Zone - COMPLETE CLOSURE
Due to overwash, the OSV zone is completely closed.
The refuge is open from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
Visitor Center hours are now 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
New Artwork Due Date!
Entries for the 2016 Virginia Junior Duck Stamp Program are due March 1st. Please see the link below for more information.
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program Website
Fee Free Day!
In celebration of Presidents' Day Weekend, admission to the refuge is free February 13-15, 2016.
There are free fee days & events for the whole family throughout the year at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Check out our events calendar to learn more.Events Calendar
We are pleased to announce the release of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). The 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission and to support public use on the refuge.Chincoteague and Wallops Island NWRs Final CCP
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
Intern with us!
Have the time of your life connecting people with nature and conserving wild places for future generations! Choose Interpretation and Environmental Education or Shorebird and Biological Field Work.
To learn more about our internships and how to apply click the below link.Internship Details
Until early February, we will have a contractor removing trees impacted by pine bark beetle infestation. This process requires the use of chainsaws & heavy equipment, so please expect loud noises during this time as well. The cleared area will become the future site of a new South Pony Corral.Read More
We are pleased to announce that John Fitzroy, a Park Ranger at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is the 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Visitor Services Professional of the Year.
John has united and inspired visitors and employees at Chincoteague NWR in several ways. Some of his accomplishments include working with others to create a visitor services messaging plan for the refuge, rigorously training and mentoring interns, implementing a Freedom Hunt for Wounded Warriors, offering bilingual programming, activities for underserved audiences, and using cultural resources programming to foster positive partnerships in the local community. As one of his colleagues wrote, “I am proud to be on a team with a tremendous leader like John Fitzroy, who brings pride and confidence to all employees rather than just himself”.
As part of this award, John received $10,000 for Chincoteague NWR to spend on a visitor services project of his choosing. His vision is to use this award to build an outdoor classroom at Kegotank Elementary School in Mappsville, VA.
The 2015-2016 Hunt Brochures and Applications are now available. Please email completed applications to FW5_ChincoHunt@fws.gov and submit all payments by mail.
There is a $5 fee per application (Wallops, Archery and Firearms). If you are submitting a Wallops Island or Archery Permit request please also include a $20 permit fee in your payment.
A computerized lottery will be held to select hunters for firearms. Selected firearms hunters will be notified of results via email.
Big Game & Waterfowl Hunting
Over the past 200-300 years, these modern-day descendants of domestic horses have adapted to the hardships of living near the ocean. Prior to the refuge's establishment in 1943, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchased the ponies and continues ownership to this day. The Firemen are allowed to graze up to 150 ponies on refuge land through a Special Use Permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2016