Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia.


The Virginia barrier island chain, including Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge, is one of only 17 sites in the United States classified as a “Wetland of International Importance.” This refuge is located on the southernmost barrier island, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and is separated from the Eastern Shore of Virginia by about one-half mile of water. Fisherman Island Refuge is designated at an Important Bird Area and is constantly growing. In the late 1800’s it was only 25 acres, while today it spans nearly 2,000 acres!

Because of the critical nature of its habitats for wildlife, Fisherman Island is closed to the public. However, guided tours are offered on Saturdays from October - February (pre-registration required).

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The Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuges are located off Route 13 in Virginia just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

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