Winter Trail Closures
Various trails will be closed for hunting on December 7-8, 10-11, 14-15, 17-18 and January 4-5, 7-8.
Please click here for trail information.
OSV Zone - OPEN
The Hook is COMPLETELY OPEN to all 4X4's (with a permit), pedestrians and horseback riding.
The refuge is open from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
Visitor Center hours are now 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
The ducks and geese are on their way, are you? Join us as we celebrate migratory birds during the Waterfowl Week Celebration November 22 - 29. The special drive on the Service Road will be open Thursday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29. See our program schedule below for details.2015 Waterfowl Week Flyer
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
This Thanksgiving we are grateful for employees like Sally Bowden, who was presented with the 2015 Unsung Hero Award for her work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sally runs the fee program at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, which is the largest fee program at the most visited refuge in the Northeast Region. In addition, she has served for several years as the fee coordinator for the entire Northeast Region. Sally is regarded as an expert in fees and selflessly offers her time and talents not only to our region but to the Washington Office and other regions across the country. Among her colleagues, Sally epitomizes the definition of an unsung hero, she consistently goes above and beyond, with great enthusiasm and service.
Congratulations to Linda Insley of Abingdon, MD! She is this years winner of the Chincoteague NWR Annual Pass Photo Contest. Look for her photo on the 2016 pass which goes on sale January 1, 2016. Thank you to all that entered and we look forward to seeing your photo's next year.
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
Over the past 200-300 years, these modern-day descendants of domestic horses have adapted to the hardships of living near the ocean. 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: Nov 25, 2015