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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 (boat ramp and parking area closed all other times):

  • February through September: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset 
  • October through January: 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Note: the remainder of the wildlife refuge is closed from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise)


  • The ramp is closed during shotgun portion of the refuge deer hunt
  • 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 day per vehicle (available at fee booth)  
  • Annual Pass: $120 per calendar year. Please contact us at (757) 331 - 2760.
  • Commercial Pass: Available for businesses (i.e., commercial fishing). Please contact us. 
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  
  • No dogs or other pets (even in vehicles)
  • Prohibited activities include:   
          - Use or display of alcoholic beverages    
          - 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 
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. 
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2015
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