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    Pope Bay, Green Run, Pine Tree & Tingles Island backcountry campsites will be closed on these dates due to hunting seasons: October 15-25, 2014; November 13-15, 2014; November 29-December 13, 2014; January 16-19, 2015 More »

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October 01, 2014
A Productive Piping Plover Season at Assateague Island National Seashore
An estimated 38 pairs of piping plovers, Charadrius melodus, nested along the Maryland portion of Assateague Island National Seashore during 2014 and fledged 59 chicks. The resulting productivity numbers, 1.6 chicks fledged per pair, are the highest since 2004. Several factors may be attributed to the success of this year’s number of fledged chicks, including mild summer weather and effective management.

August 21, 2014
National Park Service Celebrates 98th Birthday
Assateague Island National Seashore will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $15 on Monday, August 25.

July 26, 2014
Tourism to Assateague Island National Seashore creates $84,350,400 in Economic Benefit
Tourism to Assateague Island National Seashore creates $84,350,400 in Economic Benefit. Report shows visitor spending supports 1,052 jobs in local economy.

July 11, 2014
New Concession Operations at Assateague Island National Seashore Open for Season
Superintendent Debbie Darden announces the opening of Assateague Island National Seashore’s new concession operation at Bayside Drive. Just ten days after signing a 10 year contract, SuperFun Eco Tours, LLC, in partnership with Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Inc., are up and running, providing tours and basic rental services at the Kayak Rental Stand at Bayside Drive.

April 22, 2014
National Seashore Seeks Public Input on Bayside Picnic and Parking Area
Assateague Island National Seashore is planning for a more resilient Bayside Picnic and Parking Area. The NPS is asking the public to help the park define both the natural and cultural values and characteristics important for protection of this popular area.

April 17, 2014
National Park Service selects Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Inc - SuperFun EcoTours, LLC as concessions operator for Assateague Island National Seashore
Northeast Regional Director Michael Caldwell has announced the selection of Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Inc. - SuperFun Eco Tours, LLC to operate the Concession operation at Assateague Island National Seashore, including retail services located at the Beach Hut on Assateague Island’s North Beach Area and retail and rental services at the Bayside launch area.

March 14, 2014
National Seashore releases Finding of No Significant Impact for its Bayside Picnic and South Ocean Beach Parking Areas Removal and Relocation Environmental Assessment
Superintendent Debbie Darden announced today the next step toward completing the Bayside Picnic and South Ocean Beach Parking Areas Removal and Relocation environmental assessment: a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Preferred Alternative has been signed by NPS Regional Director Mike Caldwell and is now posted online.

March 04, 2014
Tourism to Assateague Island National Seashore creates $86,309,300 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,154,859 visitors to Assateague Island National Seashore in 2012 spent $86,309,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,087 jobs in the local area.

November 04, 2013
Business Opportunity at Assateague Island National Seashore Moves Forward
The National Park Service plans to release a prospectus to solicit proposals to provide equipment rentals, food and beverage, merchandise and other services within Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland District within 30 days. Once the prospectus has opened, bidders will have 90 days to respond.

October 29, 2013
Assateague Island National Seashore Participates in Hurricane Sandy Projects
It has been a year since Hurricane Sandy made an unwelcomed visit to the Delmarva Peninsula. While recovery has been ongoing, there are lessons to be learned that can help community and park managers better prepare for these events in the future. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Interior and local officials at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey recently to announce that $162 million will be invested in 45 restoration and research projects that will better protect Atlantic Coast communities from future powerful storms, by restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines, and researching the impacts and modeling mitigation of storm surge impacts. Assateague Island National Seashore will participate in four projects along with other public and private lands.

June 25, 2013
World War II Ordnance Discovered at Assateague
Like many coastal areas, Assateague Island was a military test range in World War II.

Did You Know?

Surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service at the Assateague Beach Lifesaving Station. 4 kb

"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." Such was the life of a surfman from fall to spring. The forgotten heroes of the U.S. Life-Saving Service rescued numerous shipwreck victims from Assateague's waters. The island was home to 4 Life-Saving Stations in the late 1800's-early 1900's.