Backcountry Camping Closures
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 »
Virginia District - Over Sand Vehicle Zone (OSV) to Close at 4 pm, October 27 Due to Rocket Launch
Virgina District OSV zone will be closed to everyone at 4 pm on October 27 and will re-open sometime after the launch window expires. More »
Special Use Permits
Permit fees vary from $70 to $150, depending on the type of access desired and are valid for a year from the month of purchase. more info....
Backcountry Camping Permit
Assateague Island National Seashore has two oceanside and four bayside camping areas for visitors who wish to backpack or paddle the island. All backcountry sites are located in Maryland; no camping is permitted in the Virginia district. Backcountry camping without a permit is prohibited. A $6 per person backcountry permit fee and entrance fees are required. Fees may be paid and permits obtained in either district of Assateague Island National Seashore: at the Ranger Station in Maryland or the Toms Cove Visitor Center in Virginia. more info....
Overnight Fishing Pass - Virginia District Only
Overnight fishing passes are issued on a "lifetime" basis. Passes are required for all persons over the age of 12 and must be obtained in person at the Toms Cove Visitor Center. Please call 757-336-6577 for more information.
Beach Campfire Reservation - Virginia District Only
Commercial Use Authorization
Commercial activities or operating a business of any kind in the park is prohibited without a Commercial Use Authorization. Applications are considered based on a number of criteria, including appropriateness/accomplishing mission of the park. The non-refundable application fee is $50.00. Call the Concessions Specialist at 410-629-6046 for more information.
Did You Know?
When you see beach foam think of egg whites! Beach foam is created when the tumultuous action of the surf forces air into the ocean water. It is similar to whipping egg whites into froth but instead of egg whites the ocean contains organic compounds that reduce the surface tension of the bubbles.