Use of alcohol beverages is prohibited. Entering or remaining on the refuge while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances is prohibited.
Prohibited, even in your vehicle.
Feeding or harassing wildlife
Strictly prohibited. Feeding animals causes them to lose their fear of humans and makes them more vulnerable to vehicular traffic. Human food also causes digestive problems. Please help keep the animals healthy and safe.
Disturbing or collecting plants and animals (dead or alive), or artifacts
Strictly prohibited. Leave the area as you found it for others to enjoy. Please limit the number of unoccupied shells collected to one gallon or less per person per day. Shells collected may not be sold or otherwise be used for commercial purposes.
Skateboards/roller skates/in-line skatesUse prohibited on refuge.
Unmanned Aircraft (Such as drones)
Strictly prohibited to maintain public health and safety and to protect refuge resources. Launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service within the boundaries of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is prohibited.
Fires / Fireworks
Open fires are prohibited except as authorized by special beach party permits which are available from the National Park Service, Assateague Island National Seashore, at Toms Cove Visitor Center. Possession or discharge of fireworks or explosive devices is prohibited.
Prohibited on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Permits for back country sites in Maryland are available from the National Park Service, Assateague Island National Seashore, at Toms Cove Visitor Center.
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Over the past 200-300 years, these modern-day descendants of domestic horses have adapted to the hardships of living near the ocean. 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.