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This goose, designed by J.N.

“Ding” Darling, Off-Road vehicle use
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
has become a symbol of the National Wildlife Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge System. Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Zones are 8231 Beach Road
posted and maps are available at the
Chincoteague Refuge Visitor Center
P.O. Box 62
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336-0062 Chincoteague
Follow these guidelines for a fun and safe visit. and Toms Cove Visitor Center. A fee is 757/336 6122
The following activities are permitted. Note specific charged for all permits. Vehicle 757/336 5273 Fax
restrictions. specifications and equipment
Wildlife Refuge
1 800/828 1120 TDD
requirements are strictly enforced. 1 800/828 1140 voice
Wildlife observation, interpretation,
Limits are placed on the number of email:
photography and hiking.
vehicles allowed on the beach at any
Trail Map
Enjoy year-round on marked trails.
one time. Temporary closures occur
due to public safety and wildlife Federal Relay Service
concerns. for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Permitted to land on designated areas
on Toms Cove Hook from September 1 800/877 8339
1 through March 14 or as otherwise The following activities are prohibited.
posted. Refuge impoundments are U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
closed to all boats and flotation devices. 1 800/344 WILD
Open fires are prohibited except as
Bicycles authorized by special beach party
Permitted on trails and roads unless June 2011
permits which are available from the
otherwise posted. National Park Service, Assateague E NT O F T H

Island National Seashore, at Toms


Fishing/crabbing/shell fishing

Cove Visitor Center. Possession or
Permitted in designated areas of Toms discharge of fireworks or explosive
Cove. Fishing and crabbing are devices is prohibited.
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permitted in designated areas of Swan
Cove adjacent to Toms Cove. State Skateboards/roller skates/in-line
fishing license is not required; however, skates
state regulations and creel limits are Use prohibited on refuge.
enforced. Traps, pots, and handlines
must be attended at all times. Camping
Prohibited on Chincoteague National
Surf Fishing Wildlife Refuge. Permits for back
A saltwater license is not required for country sites in Maryland are
surf fishing on the refuge. Fishing is available from the National Park
prohibited on life guarded beaches. Service, Assateague Island National
An overnight fishing permit is Seashore, at Toms Cove Visitor
required to stay after hours. Inquire Center.
at the Toms Cove Visitor Center.
Firearms and weapons
Swimming Prohibited on the refuge except
Permitted along the oceanfront and in during designated hunts.
designated areas of Toms Cove.
Horseback Riding Prohibited, even in your vehicle.
Horseback riding is only permitted in
the Off-Road Vehicle Zone. Alcohol
Use of alcohol beverages is prohibited.
Mopeds and Motorized Scooters Entering or remaining on the refuge
Permitted on Beach Road only. while under the influence of alcohol or
controlled substances is prohibited. Great Egret
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