Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Around the Refuge

Open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Daily

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Partial Refuge Closure for Rocket Launch

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NASA's next sounding rocket is scheduled to launch sometime between October 20 and October 24. As per NASA's safety recommendations, the area south of the Coast Guard Station (on the hook) will be closed to all access starting at 8:00 p.m. on October 19. The area will remain closed for the entire launch window and will reopen only after the rocket launches or on October 25 (whichever comes first). The rest of the refuge will remain open. NASA provides detailed launch viewing information on their website.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility

Recent Bird Sightings

Wildlife Viewing

This list shows data from eBird Trail Tracker. Since many refuge locations are included, one species may be listed multiple times.

Recent Bird Sightings

2021-2022 Hunt Information

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Brochures and permits are now available for our big game, migratory game bird and Wallops Island hunts.

Hunting Webpage
What's Happening on the Refuge?

Refuge Visitor Center Closed

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The refuge visitor center and bookstore will be closed for renovation from October 4, 2021 - November 4, 2021. Thank you for your patience.

About the Complex

Chincoteague NWR Complex

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Chincoteague NWR Complex .

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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