Visitor Center and Other Closures

  • The refuge is open from 6am - 9 pm daily.
  • The entrance fee is waived and no pass is required until further notice.
  • Parking lots and trails are open.
  • Restroom Facilities are limited to Port-a-Pots located in the parking lots for the Recreational Beach, Woodland Trail, Lighthouse Trail and Wildlife Loop.
  • The Herbert H. Bateman Administrative and Educational Center and Assateague Lighthouse are closed. 


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.