• 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.

Fire Island Programs for Scouts

Fire Island National Seashore provides a number of opportunities for scout groups to learn more about the park and earn special awards at the same time. Pick up a Junior Ranger activity booklet or attend one of the park's recreational or education programs.

 
Boy Scout Ranger patch

The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program engages Boy Scouts in programs and volunteer service projects in national park sites to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the National Park Service mission and conserving the nation’s natural, cultural and historic resources.
  • Explore the national parks.
  • Practice good citizenship and kindness.


 

Girl Scouts can earn a certificate and/or patch to recognize their leadership development and resource stewardship activities by participating in a new National Park Service program. Contact the park's volunteer coordinator to help plan your qualifying service or action project.

Did You Know?

Close view of sand showing bands of colors: white, dark grey, and reddish purple.

New York's state gem—the garnet—may be found among the sands that comprise Fire Island's beaches. Due to differences in size and weight of the grains of sand, you may sometimes see ribbons of garnet and magnatite among the white quartz, as the sand settles on the beach. More...