Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR

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32205 Seaside Road Cape Charles, Cape Charles, VA, USA
Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR - Butterfly trail sign
Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR - Butterfly trail sign
Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR - Invasive species
Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR - Invasive species
Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR - 2nd section
Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR - Sign about barrier islands
Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR - Sign about barrier islands

Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island NWR Cape Charles Reviews

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Hunting, Fishing, Boating, and Wildlife Photography Feb 17, 2011
As we found out when we tried to get to a place where we could see the lighthouse on Smith Island, the Wildlife Refuge offers several boating opportunities. Although the GPS told us to "start off-road navigation" we did not have our boat with us in February, and our boat wouldn't be suitable for use at this location anyway as it is a sailboat that is too big to fit on a regular boat trailer.

The refuge information says that the Wise Point Boat Ramp on the Inside Virginia Passage provides access to the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay for fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography.

Equipment: Ramp amenities include:

41 trailer parking spaces

21 vehicle only parking spaces

Twin 16-foot wide boat ramps

Floating courtesy pier

Restrooms

General Information:

The Wise Point Boat Ramp, as part of the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, is managed to provide wildlife-oriented recreation including fishing, hunting and wildlife observation.

Hours of Operation (boat ramp and parking area closed all other times): February through September: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset

October through January: 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Note: the remainder of the wildlife refuge is closed from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise)

Closures: The ramp is closed during shotgun portion of the refuge deer hunt. The ramp may at times be closed to protect public health, safety, or natural resources; to conduct maintenance operations; or for other reasons

Fees and Passes (required for parking and/or launching):

Day Pass: $10 per day per vehicle (available at fee booth) Annual Pass: $120 per calendar year. Please contact us. Commercial Pass: Required for businesses (i.e., commercial fishing, guide service, etc.). Please contact us.

General Ramp Rules and Regulations:

Day use area only (no overnight parking) A pass is required for parking and/or launching (must be displayed from your rearview mirror)

Launching or loading is limited to 20 minutes

Parking is allowed in marked spaces only

Prohibited activities include:

Use or display of alcoholic beverages

Pets (even in vehicles)

Personal watercraft (Jet Ski, etc.)

Fishing or crabbing along the shore or ramp

Cleaning, gutting or disposal of fish or bait

Swimming or wading

Kite boarding or wind surfing

Vehicles or trailers exceeding 8.5 feet in width or 45 feet in length when coupled

Mooring at or walking on the commercial boat dock

Being present in the area outside hours of operation

The refuge permits deer hunting - the harvest of animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment

General Deer Hunt Information

Public hunting of white-tailed deer is allowed in designated zones of the refuge

Archery and shotgun hunts are held on the refuge

All Federal and State hunting regulations apply

Equipment: A refuge hunt permit is required to hunt

Hunters must possess all applicable state hunting licenses and permits
Map of the refuge
Butterfly trail sign
Sign about barrier islands
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