River running through the refuge.

Permits are not required for the general public to use the refuge during normal daylight hours for wildlife observation, wildlife interpretation, environmental education and recreational photography. The two most commonly requested permits are for the use of our Wise Point Boat ramp and for our annual white tail deer hunt. Questions about these permits and permits for any other type of activity should be directed to refuge headquarters at (757) 331-2760. 

Visitors may purchase annual permits for our Wise Point Boat Ramp via mail and in-person at our administrative office via appointment only. You may download, print, and complete the 2021 Wise Point Boat Ramp Pass Application (pdf 217KB).

The fee for the permit is $120, payable via cash (exact change is appreciated) or check/money order made out to US Fish & Wildlife Service. If you decide to mail in your application, place your completed application and payment in the mail to Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR, 5003 Hallett Circle, Cape Charles, VA 23310. Once we receive and process your application and payment, we will mail you an annual pass. Please ensure that the address you include in your application is viable. We cannot mail annual boat ramp passes to international addresses.  

Daily passes for our Wise Point Boat ramp are available at our self-serve fee booth, located at the entrance to our wise point boat ramp. The fee for this pass is $10/day per vehicle, irregardless if you are launching a boat, canoe or kayak. Please remit your payment in cash (exact change is appreciated) or check/money order made out to US Fish & Wildlife Service to the self-serve fee booth and remove the yellow hang tag to place in your vehicle.