OSV Zone - COMPLETELY CLOSED
OSV Zone is closed to all 4X4, pedestrians, and horseback riding due to nesting piping plover.
2015 OSV Closure
The refuge is open from 5am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
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
We are pleased to announce the release of the draft comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Chincoteague and Wallops Islands NWRs for public comment. We have now extended the comment period through August 15, 2014. Once finalized, the CCP will guide refuge management over the next 15 years. Follow the link below to download a copy of the draft CCP/EIS, for more information on how to submit comments.Chincoteague and Wallops Island NWRs Draft CCP/EIS
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
CNHA Wildlife Bus Tours and access to the Assateague Lighthouse are now available for free on weekends. Both activities are offered by our Friends group, Chincoteague Natural History Association. The 90 minute bus tour features a journey up the Service Road led by our knowledgeable guides. CNHA Wildlife Bus Tours occur at 10:00am Saturdays and Sundays. You can reserve a seat by calling (757) 336-3696. If you are up for a more active tour, you can climb the Assateague Lighthouse between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. This 142 foot-high structure is one of nearly 20 other tall, historic, brick lighthouses still functioning along the Atlantic Coast today. Please remember that the last climb is at 2:30pm. Please contact Chincoteague Natural History Association at (757) 336-3696 for more information or visit their website.
The modern-day descendants of those domestic horses are wild and have adapted to their environment. 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: May 20, 2015