Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Around the Refuge

Open 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Daily

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Here's your hub for maps, fees and all you need to Plan Your Visit! Keep in mind pets are prohibited on our Refuge.

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Recent Bird Sightings

Wildlife Viewing

Seen any good birds lately? Head to our recent bird sightings page to see what's on the refuge! The list shows data from eBird Trail Tracker which includes reported sightings over the last 14 days. Keep in mind reports come from all over the refuge so one species may be listed multiple times.

Recent Bird Sightings

Pet Policy

Pet Policy

Please leave your dog at home. All pets are prohibited (even in your vehicle). Service dogs as defined by the ADA permitted on a 6 ft leash.

ADA Service Animal Information

2021-2022 Hunt Information

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Brochures and permits are now available for our big game, migratory game bird and Wallops Island hunts.

Hunting Webpage
What's Happening on the Refuge?

Winner of the Annual Pass Photo Contest

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Congratulations to Robert Byrd, the winner of this year's Annual Pass Photo Contest. Look for the photo on the next Annual Pass which goes on sale January 1, 2022. A huge thank you to the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce for running the contest again this year.

About the Complex

Chincoteague NWR Complex

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Chincoteague NWR Complex .

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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