Whether you plan to fish, hunt or just observe wildlife, the Wise Point Boat Ramp is a launch point for people with motorized and non-motorized boats. Access to the ramp is from Route 13 and Route 600 (Seaside Road) through the refuge onto Ramp Lane.
5:00 AM to 10:00 PM - boat ramp and parking area closed all other times
Note: the remainder of the wildlife refuge is closed from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
- 41 trailer parking spaces
- 21 vehicle only parking spaces
- Twin 16-foot wide boat ramps
- Floating courtesy pier
Dog Policy at Wise Point Boat Ramp
- Dogs are prohibited at the boat ramp with the exception of hunting season waterfowl retrieval (see below). Dogs are NOT allowed to enter the boat ramp parking lot, or be loaded on or off watercraft
- Hunting Dogs that are used to assist in the retrieval of waterfowl are only permitted during the state waterfowl season from September through February.
Dog Policy Justification: Our primary purpose as a National Wildlife Refuge is to protect wildlife. Shorebirds nest, migrate and are present year round. They start to arrive as early as February to begin nesting; even the sight of a well-trained dog can cause beach nesting shorebirds to abandon their nest/chicks and can stress depleted migrating shorebirds. Thank you for respecting our rules.
Boat Ramp Use (recreational) - 1 Day Pass
Please pay at the self-serve fee booth located at the entrance to the boat ramp. Payments can be cash, check or money order (payable to US Fish & Wildlife Service). Remove the yellow hang tag and drop the the envelope with your payment in the self-serve fee booth. Hang the yellow on your vehicle’s rear-view mirror as proof of payment.
$10.00 per vehicle, per day
Boat Ramp Use (recreational) - Annual Pass
$120 per calendar year, per vehicle (non-transferrable)
Boat Ramp Use (commercial) - Annual Pass
Please contact us at (757) 331-2760 for more information.
- The ramp may, at times, be closed to protect public health, safety, or natural resources; to conduct maintenance operations; or for other reasons.
- Due to the critical nature of their habitats for wildlife, Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge and Skidmore Island (part of the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge) are closed to the public. Trespassing (including boat landing or walking on the beach) is prohibited.