OSV Zone - OPEN
The Hook is COMPLETELY OPEN to all 4X4's (with a permit), pedestrians and horseback riding.
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
Come join us for free, family-friendly fun.Program Schedule August 23-29
Check back regularly as schedules change weekly.
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
BY MIA INFANTE >>>
On Saturday August 8, Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Department of Interior, visited Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. She came with her husband, Warren Jewell, on their days off with plans to see all of Assateague Island. The secretary and her husband first hiked on the Marsh Trail at the Wildlife Loop. Shortly after, they caught up with refuge manager Kevin Sloan at the refuge boat ramp where Federal Wildlife Officer Darin Dick waited with a boat ready to take them on a tour to Metompkin Island, one of the small islands located south of the refuge, partially owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Read More...
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: Sep 01, 2015