About the Complex


Chincoteague is managed as part of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location.  Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs.  Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Other refuges in the complex include:  Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR, and Fisherman’s Island NWR. Also part of the complex are Assawoman Island, Cedar Island, Metompkin Island, Morris Island, and Wildcat Marsh Divisions. Chincoteague is the Refuge Complex headquarters, located at 8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 and can be reached by calling (757) 336-6122.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Web Site

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge Web Site
Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge Web Site

Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge Web Site