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

Open Daily!

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Public parking areas and trails remain open from one half-hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. Visitor Center operations and Fisherman Island NWR tours are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Plan Your Visit during COVID-19

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The 2021 annual passes for the Wise Point Boat Ramp are sold out. Visitors are still welcome to buy a day-use pass. Please be advised the ramp closes once it reaches full parking capacity, a common occurrence on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Fisherman Island Tour

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Guided tours of Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Visitor Activities

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There are activities year-round at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge including boating, wildlife observation, photography, hiking and hunting. Learn more on our Visitor Activities page.

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What's New?

New Hunting & Fishing Plan

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We just released a new Hunting and Fishing Plan! We are grateful to the people who provided meaningful comments on the draft. Your input helped us develop the final document and it's now available on our hunting and fishing webpage.

Hunting & Fishing Webpage

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