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National Wildlife Refuge

8231 Beach Road
Chincoteague, VA   23336
E-mail: fw5rw_cnwr@fws.gov
Phone Number: 757-336-6122
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools, youth groups, universities, Elderhostels, and professional groups. Teacher workshops are also offered during the year.

Surf fishing is a popular refuge activity: after-hours permits are available for those who wish to surf fish at night. Fishing and crabbing are also permitted in Swans Cove and other designated areas. Shellfishing is permitted in Toms Cove.

Big game, waterfowl, and rail hunting are available by permit during designated periods and only in certain areas.

Guided walks and programs are offered throughout the year on the various refuge trails. Interpretive and self-guided brochures are available at the Visitor Center.

Wildlife Observation
Fifteen miles of trails wind through the refuge's marshes and forests and include a path to the Assateague Lighthouse. The Wildlife Loop (3.2 miles) is open to vehicles after 3:00 p.m. Observation platforms are located on the Wildlife Loop, the Freshwater Marsh Trail, and the Woodland Trail.

The refuge is open year-round, although opening and closing times vary seasonally. Generally, the refuge opens one hour before sunrise and closes one hour after sunset. The Visitor Center is open year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the off season and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the summer months.

Entrance Fees
A weekly pass can be purchased from the entrance fee booth for $10.00 for a private vehicle, valid for seven from date of purchase. A commercial van or bus up to 20 passengers can purchase a daily pass for $20.00, 21 or more passengers for $30.00. A Chincoteague Refuge Annual Pass can be purchased for $15.00, valid for one year from the month of purchase. Oversand vehicle use requires an off road vehicle (ORV) permit. The permit is $70.00, valid for one year from the month of purchase. Entrance can also be obtained with a current Federal Duck Stamp ($15.00), a Golden Eagle Passport ($65.00), Golden Age Passport for those 62 years of age or older ($10.00), or the Golden Access Passport free for the blind or permanently disabled.

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