Effective OCTOBER 1, 2017, the Sea Gull Fishing Pier CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, as construction begins for the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel. The pier will remain closed for approximately five years, but plans to re-open upon completion of the tunnel construction (approximately 2023).
Anglers may leave the boat at home and enjoy fishing year-round from the Sea Gull Pier, which extends from the southernmost of the four man-made islands at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
The 625-foot, wheelchair accessible fishing pier at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel extends into the Chesapeake Bay and allows fishermen to experience deep-sea fishing, 3.5 miles from the Virginia Beach shoreline. Cleaning stations, as well as a certified weighing station are available. A one-way toll of $13 per car is collected to access the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel; there is no additional fee for unlimited use of the fishing pier.
A fishing license is not required; however, anglers must register with the Virginia Fisherman Identification Program every year on their website or by calling toll-free 1-800-723-2728.
For more information on this program, please click here.
For more information about the fishing pier or the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, call 757.331.2960.
NOTE: The Sea Gull Fishing Pier, and all other island amenities, closed to the public on October 1, 2017, for the construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel. For more information on this project, click here.
To obtain a copy of an Eastern Shore Tide Table, March through December 2017, please click here.
If you catch a sea turtle while fishing in Virginia, immediately call the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program at 757-385-7575. To learn more about the Pier Partner Program and sea turtle rescue, please click here.