Eastern Shore Barrier Islands

Along the coast of Virginia's Eastern Shore are a chain of uninhabited barrier islands, stretching from Assateague Island at the Maryland border, to Fisherman's Island at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

These 23 shifting islands are made of up of sand, as well as a swath of marshland and lagoons, and constitute one of the longest undeveloped stretches of shoreline on the East Coast. Much of the ownership and management of these islands falls to The Nature Conservancy, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Land Ownership and Visitation Policies

The Barrier Islands Center

Eastern Shore Tourism

Town of Chincoteague

The Nature Conservancy:  The Virginia Coast Reserve

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:  Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:  Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

National Park Service:  Assateague Island

VA Dept. Conservation & Recreation:  Wreck Island

 VA Dept. Game and Inland Fisheries:  Mockhorn Island Wildlife Management Area

NASA Wallops Visitor Center

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