Permits & Reservations

Camping site with RV, picnic table, chairs and American flag

Camping at Assateague

Camping at Assateague can be an amazing experience if you plan ahead! Be prepared for camping on a barrier island.

view looking north on Assateague beach from behind an over sand vehicle (OSV)

Over Sand Vehicles (OSV)

Get your permit for an adventurous getaway in the Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) zone.

photo of Tingles Island Backcountry campsite showing fire ring and picnic table in forest

Backcountry Camping

Assateague has two oceanside and four bayside camping areas in Maryland for visitors who wish to backpack or paddle the island.

 

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.
Find out more about Special Use Permits...

Download an application for a Special Use Permit (SUP) (pdf file, 587kb)

 

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 an annual calendar year basis. Passes are required for all persons over the age of 12 and must be obtained in person at the Toms Cove Visitor Center. Previous Lifetime Overnight Fishing Passes will be valid as long as they are in your posession. 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. Open Fire Sites may be reserved from 10 am - 12 pm and 1 - 4 pm daily at the Toms Cove Visitor Center walk up window. 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.

Last updated: July 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

Phone:

(410) 641-1441

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