The refuge is open from 6am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
OSV Zone - HOOK CLOSED
CLOSED south of the Coast Guard Station to all 4X4, pedestrians and horseback riding.
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.
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Around the Refuge
Looking for a way for your children to experience all Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge has to offer? A great first step is to attend our Children in the Woods Day Camp. Camp is full of exciting and educational outdoor activities including crabbing, clamming, archery, surf fishing, bicycling, and kayaking. Day Camp is offered to children who have successfully completed 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades by summer 2015 (must be between 8 and 11 years old).
Two sessions will be offered this year and there is a single application for these sessions. There is a fee of $50.00 per participant, but scholarships are available. Each day runs from 9am to 1pm. The sessions are: June 22-26 and August 3-7.2015 Camp Applications
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: Mar 20, 2015