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    Refuge Summer Hours

    Refuge Hours are from 5am to 10pm. 7 days a week.

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    OSV Zone - Open

    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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Upcoming Events

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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


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

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

  • Refuge Annual Pass Photo Contest

    Calling all amateur photographers! 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. We would like to see the refuge through your eyes. Here is your chance to share pictures that captures the essence of our island. All you have to do is enter the first ever Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Annual Pass Photo Contest! Starting September 1st, you can submit a photo that you have taken on the refuge during the past two years between September 2012 and September 2014. Please don’t submit photos featuring the Assateague Lighthouse because it is featured on this year’s pass. The entry deadline will be close of business on September 26, 2014. Starting October 1st, all entries will be posted on Chincoteague Natural History Association’s Facebook page. Anyone can select their favorite entry by “liking” the image. Voting will begin on October 1 and run through October 15, 2014. The entry that receives the highest number of “likes” wins! If your photo is the lucky winner it will be featured on the front of the 2015 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Annual Pass! The winner will be announced on October 17, 2014.

    Photo Contest
  • 2014 Beach Clean Up

    Join refuge staff and volunteers in our annual beach clean up Saturday, September 20, 2014! Travel along the beaches on the Virginia end of Assateague Island to improve wildlife habitat. Registration begins at 8am at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center. Bring water! Fee is waived if participating in beach clean up.

  • 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.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: Sep 03, 2014
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