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.


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    Hunting Opportunities

    The refuge offers white-tail deer hunting during the Virginia State big game season. Permits are available through Chincoteague NWR.

    Hunting at Chincoteague Complex

  • Closed to the Public

    Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge offers hunting opportunities with a refuge permit. It is otherwise closed to the public.

    Learn more about the refuge

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    We're a Complex

    Wallops Island NWR is managed by the staff at the nearby Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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