OSV Zone - OPEN
The Hook is COMPLETELY OPEN to all 4X4's (with a permit), pedestrians and horseback riding.
Fee Free Weekend!
On October 10-11, 2015 entrance to the refuge is free in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week!
Final CCP/EIS Released
The final CCP/EIS is available for a 30-day review period ending October 11, 2015.
The refuge is open from 6am to 8pm, 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 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
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
Come and celebrate the 2015 National Wildlife Refuge Week with us! Admission is free, so bring your family and get ready to enjoy educational activities, art shows, crafts and presentations from local conservation partners. Schedule of Events
Calling all amateur photographers! It's that time of year again, we’re seeking amazing photos of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge that highlight the best of the scenic landscapes, precious wildlife and small wonders that we all cherish. The entry deadline will be close of business on October 15, 2015.
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
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: Oct 08, 2015