• An Assateague wild horse finding shelter in the dunes.

    Assateague Island

    National Seashore MD,VA

Permits

Special Use Permits
A special park use is an activity in a National Park area that is conducted by or provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. Special Uses include Special Events (including, but not limited to, weddings, beach parties, group bonfires and picnics, fishing tournaments, races, walkathons, trail rides), Filming, First Amendment Activities, Hunting and Over Sand Vehicle Use.

 
The over sand vehicle zone provides excellent fishing opportunities. 25 kb

Bruce Dowd

Over Sand Vehicle Permit
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....
 

Fishing Licenses

Maryland District
Anglers age 16 and older must possess a valid Maryland Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing or Potomac River Fisheries Sport Fishing license. Anglers who are exempt from licensing and holders of out of state reciprocal licenses must register (free) with the Maryland Saltwater Angler Registry.


Virginia District
Anglers age 16 and older must possess a valid Virginia Saltwater Fishing or Potomac River Fisheries Sport Fishing license. Anglers who are exempt from licensing and holders of out of state reciprocal licenses must register (free) with the Virginia Fisherman Identification Program (FIP).

 
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
There are 3 "open fire" sites available for public use on a reservation basis. These sites are located on the beach, near parking lot #4. There is no cost for the reservation and they must be made in person at the Toms Cove Visitor Center. Please call 757-336-6577 for more information.

 

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?

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.