Assateague Island, Tom's Cove North

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Ocean swimming beach on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Just east of the quaint town of Chincoteague Island, VA is the Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. There is an access road through the NWR to the ocean beach, with beach front parking. There is a daily fee to access the NWF and the oceanfront beach. Over Sand 4x4 access to points south of the swimming beach is by permit only. Pony sightings are frequent and Chincoteague is known for it's annual July roundup and auction of the wild ponies. The famous book "Misty of Chincoteague" was written about this area.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 24th, 2022. Assateague Coastal Trust updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 24th, 2022 at 2:44 PM.
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Current Weather
26°C
A mix of sun and clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Assateague Island, Tom's Cove North is sampled weekly from May 20th to September 15th.

Source Information

The Virginia Department of Health (DOH) monitors water quality at beaches in this region from May to September. Water samples are collected and results posted weekly. Results are posted on the DOH website. Assateague Coastal Trust monitors the latest sample results posted by the Virginia DOH and publishes the results to Swim Guide each week.

A beach is marked Green when the level of enterococcus bacteria in the water is less than 104 units per 100 mL of water.
A beach is marked Red when the level of enterococcus bacteria in the water is higher than 104 units per 100 mL of water.
A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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Assateague Island, Tom's Cove North

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 24th, 2022. Assateague Coastal Trust updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 24th, 2022 at 2:44 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
26°C
A mix of sun and clouds

Ocean swimming beach on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Just east of the quaint town of Chincoteague Island, VA is the Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. There is an access road through the NWR to the ocean beach, with beach front parking. There is a daily fee to access the NWF and the oceanfront beach. Over Sand 4x4 access to points south of the swimming beach is by permit only. Pony sightings are frequent and Chincoteague is known for it's annual July roundup and auction of the wild ponies. The famous book "Misty of Chincoteague" was written about this area.

Monitoring Frequency

Assateague Island, Tom's Cove North is sampled weekly from May 20th to September 15th.

Source Information

The Virginia Department of Health (DOH) monitors water quality at beaches in this region from May to September. Water samples are collected and results posted weekly. Results are posted on the DOH website. Assateague Coastal Trust monitors the latest sample results posted by the Virginia DOH and publishes the results to Swim Guide each week.

A beach is marked Green when the level of enterococcus bacteria in the water is less than 104 units per 100 mL of water.
A beach is marked Red when the level of enterococcus bacteria in the water is higher than 104 units per 100 mL of water.
A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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