Message from the Superintendent
The planning team is currently in the final stages of drafting the General Managment Plan and beginning the internal review process which includes reviews and revisions. More »
Virginia District - Beach Parking Update
Due to Hurricane Sandy and the March 6 storm, there is limited parking in the Virginia District. As of 4/4/13 parking lot 1 and part of parking lot 2 are open. All parking lots are expected to be open by Memorial Day weekend. More »
Hurricane Sandy Photos on flickr
View images from the Maryland and Virginia districts of Assateague Island National Seashore on our flickr site. More »
Special Use Permit
Special Events - Maryland only
Special events are prohibited within National Park Service areas without a permit. Requests for special events within the National Seashore must be made in writing, using the Special Use Permit Application Form. Fees to recover costs associated with permitting special uses within the Seashore are required. A $50.00 application fee is the minimum fee charged. Additional costs will be billed at the termination of the permit. Performance bonds and liability insurance may be required. Please allow adequate time for processing and mailing permits-a minimum of 10 business days.
An area at North Ocean Beach in Maryland has been designated for special events, such as weddings and beach parties. Call the ranger station at 410-641-3030 for more information.
Waterfowl Hunting - Maryland only
Waterfowl hunting permits are valid for the annual hunting season. Permits are $20.00 and should be obtained at the North Ocean Beach Ranger Station prior to hunting. Call the ranger station at 410-641-3030 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 Ranger Station at 410-641-3030 for more information.
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