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    Refuge Summer Hours

    Refuge Hours are from 5am to 10pm. Our Refuge Visitor Center is open from 9am to 5pm. Both the are open 7 days a week.

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    OSV Zone - Open to Coast Guard Station

    Oversand vehicle zone is posted & maps are available at the Chincoteague Refuge Visitor Center. A fee is charged for all permits.

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What's Happening

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

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

  • 2014 - 2015 Hunt Information

    2014 - 2015 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 (Waterfowl, Archery and Firearms). If you are submitting a Wallops Island Permit request please also include a $20 permit fee in your payment. A computerized lottery will be held to select hunters for archery and firearms. The designated contact person listed on each successful application will be notified of results via email.

  • Draft CCP/EIS Released, Comment Period Extended

    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
  • Ranger Guided Program Schedule

    Guided Programs

    Come join us for free, family-friendly fun!

    Guided Program Schedule August 10 - 16
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: Aug 07, 2014
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