• Hours

    Refuge Hours

    The refuge is open from 5am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Visitor Center hours are 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

    Contact Info, Hours & Directions

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Recent Bird Sightings

    This list shows data from eBird Trail Tracker. Since many refuge locations are included, one species may be listed multiple times.

    Recent Bird Sightings

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    Virginia OSV Zone Status

    All OSV status updates for the Virginia portion of Assateague Island are posted in real time via the twitter account @ChincoteagueOsv.

    Click for OSV Zone Status Site

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    Refuge Newsletter

    Read the latest updates from around the refuge!

    January 2018 Newsletter (pdf 259KB)

Around the Refuge

Annual Beach Clean-Up

Beach Cleanup

Participate in the International Coastal Cleanup by helping us beautify our beach Saturday, September 22nd. Meet at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center for registration beginning at 8:00AM. Trash bags, gloves, and data sheets will be provided.

Click here for details

Refuge Annual Pass Photo Contest


It's that time again! Starting August 15th, we are gathering your amazing photos of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge; images that highlight the best of the scenic landscapes, precious wildlife and small wonders that we all cherish. The entry deadline is October 1, 2018. Rules and the entry form can be found at the link below. Please do not submit images of the lighthouse, ponies, bald eagles, monarch butterflies, or snapping turtles because they were featured in recent winning images. See below for full contest details & entry form.

Press release, rules & entry form (pdf 32KB)

2018 Hunt Opportunities Available

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The 2018 Hunt Brochures and Applications are now available. Orientations coming soon. Completed applications should be emailed to FW5_ChincoHunt@fws.gov. Please refer to the trail section of our website to find closure/safety information for non-hunting visitors during the hunt season.

Big Game & Waterfowl Hunting
Looking Forward

Beach Relocation Planning

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A third collaborative, recreational beach planning workshop was held with local, state and federal partners in May 2017 to continue refining design concepts at the new recreational beach location, 1.5 miles north of the current recreational beach. Funding is currently unavailable. More materials available at FHWA Website: https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/va/chin-10/

2017 Beach Relocation Update (pdf 266KB)

About the Complex

Chincoteague NWR Complex

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

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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