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    Winter Trail Closures

    Various trails will be closed for hunting on December 7-8, 10-11, 14-15, 17-18 and January 4-5, 7-8.

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    OSV Zone - OPEN

    The Hook is COMPLETELY OPEN to all 4X4's (with a permit), pedestrians and horseback riding.

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    Refuge Hours

    The refuge is open from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week. Visitor Center hours are now 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.


Upcoming Events

Wildlife viewing on the refuge - USFWS.

There are events for the whole family throughout the year at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Check out our events calendar to learn more.

Events Calendar

CCP/EIS Update

Final CCP/EIS Released

We are pleased to announce the release of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) 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. The plan will be released for a 30-day review through October 11, 2015.

Chincoteague and Wallops Island NWRs Final CCP/EIS

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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Around the Refuge

  • Sally Bowden wins Unsung Hero Award

    Unsung Hero Award Sally Bowden

    This Thanksgiving we are grateful for employees like Sally Bowden, who was presented with the 2015 Unsung Hero Award for her work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sally runs the fee program at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, which is the largest fee program at the most visited refuge in the Northeast Region. In addition, she has served for several years as the fee coordinator for the entire Northeast Region. Sally is regarded as an expert in fees and selflessly offers her time and talents not only to our region but to the Washington Office and other regions across the country. Among her colleagues, Sally epitomizes the definition of an unsung hero, she consistently goes above and beyond, with great enthusiasm and service.

  • Winner of the 2016 Annual Pass Photo Contest Announced.

    2016 Photo Contest Winner

    Congratulations to Linda Insley of Abingdon, MD! She is this years winner of the Chincoteague NWR Annual Pass Photo Contest. Look for her photo on the 2016 pass which goes on sale January 1, 2016. Thank you to all that entered and we look forward to seeing your photo's next year.

  • 2015-2016 Hunt Information Available

    Big Game Hunt - Wallops

    The 2015-2016 Hunt Brochures and Applications are now available. Please email completed applications to 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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2015
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