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Visitor Activities

  • Hunting

    Hunting

    Small Game: Hunting of small game is not allowed on the refuge.

    Large Game: The hunting of white–tailed deer, archery and shotgun, is allowed in designated zones of the refuge. The annual deer hunt is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the habitat, provide for wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities, and permits the use of a valuable renewable resource. A permit is required to hunt on the refuge and zones are assigned by lottery. For more information about the hunt, please contact us at 757-331-2760

    Waterfowl: While the refuge does not have waterfowl hunting ON the refuge, you may access State public waterfowl hunting grounds through the Wise Point Boat Ramp.

    Hunting Page

  • Fishing

    Boat ramp.

    Fishing is prohibited on the refuge; however the refuge provides access to fishing grounds in the form of a boat ramp and a kayak launch. 

    Located on the Virginia Inside Passage, the Wise Point Boat Ramp provides access to the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay for fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography. 

    Ramp amenities include:

    - 41 trailer parking spaces
    - 21 vehicle only parking spaces
    - Twin 16-foot wide boat ramps
    - Floating courtesy pier
    - Restrooms

    Learn more about the boat ramp 

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Binoculars on the refuge.

    Wildlife can be seen from a variety of locations throughout the refuge. You may catch sight of wildlife from your car window or from a hike down any of our trails which includes the Wildlife Trail, Butterfly Trail and Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail. We also have three pollinator/native plant gardens, two of which are located at our Visitor Center and a third at our headquarters building. You can even check out our scopes at the viewing window located at the Visitor Center.

  • Interpretation

    Children involved in refuge interpretation.

    We have interpretive events throughout the year, including the Annual Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival the first weekend of October and the Annual International Migratory Bird Day one weekend in May.

  • Environmental Education

    Child's hands holding a snail.

    One of our goals is to provide a variety of environmental education programs to students, civic groups and others in the community. Each year, people of all ages participate in these outdoor classrooms. Programs can be tailored to fit Standard of Learning (SOL) standards. Contact the refuge for details.
     

  • Photography

    Bumble bee on a flower.

    Leave only footprints, take only memories…and photos! Getting that perfect shot makes reminiscing over a visit easier to share with others. Whether it’s capturing a sunset drenched salt marsh from the marsh overlook or a box turtle along the tree laden butterfly trail, there are many opportunities to put your photography skills to use on the refuge. Keep an open mind, because you never know what you might find. If you’re lucky you might be able to catch the monarch butterfly migration during the last week of September and the first weeks of October. If you want to take pictures of stationary objects, our native plant butterfly gardens are a great spot to hunker down and capture the beauty of plants from all angles. There are three gardens on the refuge, two at our Visitor Center and one at our headquarters building.

Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2013
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