Refuge Summer Hours
Refuge Hours are from 5am to 10pm. Our Refuge Visitor Center is open from 9am to 5pm. Both the are open 7 days a week.
OSV Zone - Open to Coast Guard Station
Oversand vehicle zone is posted & maps are available at the Chincoteague Refuge Visitor Center. A fee is charged for all permits.
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
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
2014 - 2015 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 (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.
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
Come join us for free, family-friendly fun!Guided Program Schedule August 10 - 16
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: Aug 07, 2014