Features

  • Hours

    Refuge Hours

    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

  • 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 annual update about happenings around the refuge!

    January 2018 Newsletter (pdf 259KB)

Around the Refuge

Refuge Closure for Rocket Launch

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The Antares Rocket Launch was rescheduled for November 16th. For your safety the refuge will close to all access starting at 6:00 pm on November 15, 2018. The refuge will resume normal hours of operation after the launch window has closed. As of November 14, the launch is scheduled for 4:23 am. If the launch is scrubbed again it will be rescheduled for November 17th at ~3:45am. The refuge will again close to all access at 6:00pm the night before a rescheduled launch and will similarly resume normal hours of operation after the launch window has closed.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility Website

New Refuge Manager

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We have a new Refuge Manager, Nancy Finley! Nancy is joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from the National Park Service in Nebraska. You can get to know her by following the link. Welcome to the team Nancy!

Click Here for the Interview

Waterfowl Weekend

Snow Geese

The ducks and geese are on their way, are you? Join us as we celebrate migratory birds during Waterfowl Weekend Celebration November 22 - 25, 2018. These four days are the only time visitors can take the "Special Drive", a 15-mile round trip journey in their personal vehicles, to enjoy natural treasures found in northern areas of the refuge.

Click Here for Details

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

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS