• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.

Watch Hill

Watch Hill's complex of dusky blue buildings are seen from ferry approaching through calm marina waters.
Watch Hill visitor facilities include the dock and marina, a visitor center and camp store, walk-in campground, and a seasonal snack bar.
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Plan Your Visit to Watch Hill

Watch Hill is located in the middle of Fire Island, across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, Long Island. Access by private boat or by seasonal ferry service from Patchogue, NY. Take the Watch Hill Ferry (631-475-1665) from West Avenue directly to Watch Hill, or take the Davis Park Ferry (631-475-1665) and walk 1 mile to Watch Hill.

Closed mid-October through mid-May.

Special Programs
During the summer, guided canoe tours and other programs are offered. Rangers provide a welcome, orientation and safety program for school groups. Teachers should be prepared to lead on-site activities. Pre-visit educational materials are sent after ferry reservation is confirmed.

Exhibits on various natural history topics available seasonally in the Watch Hill Visitor Center. View marine life of the Great South Bay in our fish tank.

Available Facilities
Facilities and services include a nature trail, visitor center (staffed seasonally for interpretive programs) and ranger office, 195-slip marina, seasonally lifeguarded beach (mid-June - Labor Day), bathhouse. Bookstore at Watch Hill Visitor Center stocks a variety of entertaining educational items. Park campground, marina and convenience store open mid-May. Ferry service to Watch Hill runs mid-May through mid-October (631-475-1665). No bicycles, scooters, rollerskates allowed on the boardwalks; wheelchairs, strollers and wagons are permitted. Pets are permitted, but must be kept leashed and are not allowed in public buildings, on lifeguarded beaches or near areas closed for endangered species. Pets may not be tied to any dock, and all excrement must be picked up and disposed of properly.

Did You Know?

Flash atop black-and-white striped lighthouse tower at night.

As you cross the Great South Bay from Long Island to Fire Island, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the light atop the Fire Island Lighthouse, which appears to flash every 7½ seconds. More...