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

Self-Service at Refuge Visitor Center

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Brochures and information are available at a self-serve station in the Foyer of our visitor center on Thursday- Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2022 Internships Available


We're recruiting interns to our teams in Chincoteague and Cape Charles, VA this Spring and Summer!

I'm Interested!

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

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
What's Happening on the Refuge?

Prescribed Burn Planned


A wildland firefighter crew is preparing the refuge for prescribed burns that are planned between January and February of 2022. These burns will help remove standing dead stalks of the invasive plant Phragmites australis. After the burns, an herbicide treatment will be applied to targeted regrowth of Phragmites in the spring and summer. The refuge is currently targeting areas near the Wildlife Loop and the Marsh Trail, including patches within Snow Goose Pool. Wildland firefighters may also conduct prescribed burning in northern portions of the refuge. The current targets are the wash flats and old fields impoundments, where the goal is to remove dead grasses making way for new growth of vegetation the spring.

Press Release (pdf 172KB)

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