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    The refuge is open from 6am to 6pm 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

Wildlife viewing on the refuge - USFWS.

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

  • Apply Now for 2015 Summer Internships. Applications Accepted from December 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015

    Intern with us! Have the time of your life connecting people with nature and conserving wild places for future generations! Choose Interpretation and Environmental Education or Shorebird and Biological Field Work. Application Period: December 14, 2014 to January 31, 2015. To learn more about our internships and how to apply click the below link.

  • Waterfowl Week

    The ducks and geese have arrived just in time for your visit! Come enjoy the birds during our Waterfowl Week Celebration November 22 - 30. Unfortunately the Service Road will be closed this year as repairs are being made from the damage sustained during Superstorm Sandy. See program schedule below.

    2014 Waterfowl Weekend Flyer
  • 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: Nov 19, 2014
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