Boat Ramp

Left: Boat ramp. Right: Interpretive sign at boat launch.

Located on the Virginia Inside Passage, the Wise Point Boat Ramp provides access to the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay for fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography.

Ramp amenities include:

  • 41 trailer parking spaces
  • 21 vehicle only parking spaces 
  • Twin 16-foot wide boat ramps 
  • Floating courtesy pier 
  • Restrooms 

    General Information

    The Wise Point Boat Ramp, as part of the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, is managed to provide wildlife-oriented recreation including fishing, hunting and wildlife observation. Access to the ramp is from Route 13 and Route 600 (Seaside Road) through the refuge onto Ramp Lane.

    Hours of Operation

    5:00 AM to 10:00 PM - boat ramp and parking area closed all other times
    Note: the remainder of the wildlife refuge is closed from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.


    The ramp may, at times, be closed to protect public health, safety, or natural resources; to conduct maintenance operations; or for other reasons.

    Fees and Passes - required for parking and/or launching

    Day Pass $10 per vehicle, per day 

    Please pay at the self-serve fee booth located at the entrance to the boat ramp. Payments can be cash, check or money order (payable to US Fish & Wildlife Service). Remove the yellow hang tag and drop the the envelope with your payment in the self-serve fee booth. Hang the yellow on your vehicle’s rear-view mirror as proof of payment.

    Annual Pass - (SOLD OUT for 2021) $120 per calendar year, per vehicle (non-transferrable)

    In Person: 2021 Annual Boat Ramp Passes are available to purchase in person at our administrative office. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment: (757) 331-2760. To expedite the process, download, print, and fill out the Application for a 2021 Boat Ramp Annual Pass. Bring the application and payment to your appointment. Payments can be cash, check or money order (payable to US Fish & Wildlife Service).

    By Mail: To purchase your 2021 Annual Boat Ramp Pass via mail, download, print, and fill out the application. Mail the completed Application for a 2021 Boat Ramp Annual Pass with your payment to US Fish & Wildlife Service, 5003 Hallett Circle, Cape Charles, VA 23310. Payments must be a check or money order made payable to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Once we receive and process your application, we will mail your annual pass to the address indicated on your application. Please ensure that the address on your application is a viable mailing address. We cannot mail annual passes to international addresses.

    2021 Boat Ramp Annual Pass Application (pdf 217KB)

    Commercial Pass Available for businesses (i.e., commercial fishing). Please contact us at (757) 331-2760 for more information.

    General Ramp Rules and Regulations 

    • Day use area only (no overnight parking) 
    • A pass is required for parking and/or launching (must be displayed from your rearview mirror) 
    • Launching or loading is limited to 20 minutes 
    • Parking is allowed in marked spaces only  
     Prohibited activities include:
    • Use or display of alcoholic beverages
    • Pets (even in vehicles)
    • Personal watercraft (Jet Ski, etc,)
    • Fishing or crabbing along the shore or ramp 
    • Cleaning, gutting or disposal of fish or bait 
    • Swimming or wading 
    • Kite boarding or wind surfing 
    • Vehicles or trailers exceeding 8.5 feet in width or 45 feet in length when coupled 
    • Mooring at or walking on the commercial boat dock 
    • Being present in the area outside hours of operation 

    Things to Know

    Virginia Marine Resources Commission-Recreational Fishing Regulations outline size requirements, fishing seasons and catch limitations.

    Tides and Weather on the Eastern Shore – always check conditions and forecasts before you launch.

    Access to Virginia's Barrier Islands is either restricted or limited, due to land ownership and the sensitive nature of these pristine natural areas. This map with Virginia Seaside Barrier Islands Land Ownership and Visitation Policies provides information about specific destinations.

    Virginia's Barrier Islands are home to many coastal nesting birds in the spring and summer. This Brochure (pdf) explains why Life on the Beach Isn’t Always Easy and what you can do to help protect beach-nesting birds while visiting Virginia’s barrier islands.

    Barrier islands are sensitive coastal areas full of amazing wildlife. Discover more about wildlife and habitat conservation along Virginia's Seaside Water Trail.

    Know before you go! Prevent boating mishaps and injuries while on the water by reviewing these Boating Safety Tips (pdf) from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    If you intend to be on the water for an extended amount of time, consider filing a U.S. Coast Guard Float Plan. This simple step can make rescue faster.

    Due to the critical nature of their habitats for wildlife, Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge and Skidmore Island (part of the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge) are closed to the public. Trespassing (including boat landing or walking on the beach) is prohibited.