Closures and Updates for Planning Your Visit

  • The Herbert H. Bateman Administrative and Educational Center and Assateague Lighthouse are closed.
  • All normally allowed beach activities (fishing, swimming, sunbathing, etc.) are permitted, provided you practice social distancing and follow standard refuge rules and regulations.
  • Limited lifeguards on duty, for emergencies only, on Thursday - Monday from 10 am - 5 pm. There will be no lifeguards on duty Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Swim at your own risk.
  • All public parking areas and trails remain open.
  • Please practice leave no trace during your visit.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service are closely monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with CDC guidance and other federal, state, and local health authorities, facilities managers in national wildlife refuges continue to do everything they can to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors.


CDC tips for reducing the spread of and exposure to germs.