Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Dust off your sketch pad, grab your binoculars and ready your pencils! Artwork for the Virginia Junior Duck Stamp contest is due on March 1.
Click here for details.
Woodland & Lighthouse Trail Open!
The Woodland & Lighthouse Trails are open again. Please note the Woodland trail parking lot remains closed until further notice.
The refuge is open from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
Visitor Center hours are 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
Contact Info, Hours & Directions
OSV Zone - OPEN
South OSV Zone is COMPLETELY OPEN to all 4X4's (with a permit), pedestrians and horseback riding. North OSV zone is closed until March 15.
OSV permit information (NPS website)
Beach Road Paving Updates
Expect intermittent one-lane closures along Beach Road. To bike safely to the beach, please use Swan Cove Trail.
Read more (pdf 751KB)
We are pleased to announce the release of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). The 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission and to support public use on the refuge.Chincoteague and Wallops Island NWRs Final CCP
CCP FACT SHEET
You can now download a quick synopsis of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). This 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission and to support public use on the refuge.Comprehensive Conservation Plan Fact Sheet (pdf - 550KB)
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
You may have noticed some dramatic changes to our forest, particularly along Bivalve Trail. In the fall of 2016, the refuge contracted a forester to cut down southern pine beetle infested trees in this and two other areas. Although environmental and climatic factors that contribute to beetle infestations are difficult to identify, thinning these stands of loblolly pine trees may help us suppress the spread of the beetle and could protect the remaining parts of our forests from the outbreak. Read more & learn about the southern pine beetle (pdf 1.3MB)
Seen any good birds lately? We just added a recent bird sightings page to our website! 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
We are pleased to announce that the eagle camera is now operational and viewable in our visitor center again! Refuge volunteer, Lue Landsberger made a generous donation to the Chincoteague Natural History Association (CNHA). This money combined with a contribution from CNHA allowed us to install a new HD camera. A special thanks to the tree climber and mechanical engineers who made the special trip to get the camera installed in time for the Holidays!
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.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2017