There are small-craft facilities at Chincoteague that can provide gasoline, diesel fuel, water, berths, and limited marine supplies. Hull and engine repairs can be made; a 40-ton marine railway at Chincoteague can handle craft up to 80 feet.
A boat basin is at the extreme southwest end of Chincoteague Island. In 2005, the dredged entrance channel, marked by a light, had a controlling depth of 5 feet; thence 6.8 to 8 feet was in the basin.
Chincoteague Inlet, between Assateague Island and Wallops Island, is 30 miles south-southwestward from Ocean City Inlet. The marked channel through the inlet to Chincoteague Channel is subject to frequent change; the buoys are shifted with changing conditions. Breakers are evident on either side of the channel. A sunken wreck is about 0.4 mile southwest of Fishing Point in 37°51’52″N., 75°24’03″W. Caution is advised when navigating the inlet.
Chincoteague, occupying most of Chincoteague Island is between the mainland and the south end of Assateague Island. The highway bridge to Chincoteague has a bascule span with a clearance of 15 feet over the main channel. The town is principally a shellfish and fishing center, but pleasure craft operate from here during the summer. The wharves and piers along the waterfront have depths of 3 to 10 feet alongside.
Chincoteague Coast Guard Station is on the east side of Chincoteague Channel, 0.3 mile south of the highway bridge.