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 Lighthouse
None of the lifesaving stations that were established on Fire Island during the 19th and early 20th centuries remain intact, but few structures have been moved or converted to other uses.
Although not physically located on Fire Island, the William Floyd Estate is one of two cultural landscapes that have been identified within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. The 613-acre William Floyd Estate is the remnant of a larger, 4,400-acre historic plantation that was occupied and used by a single family for more than 240 years for agriculture and recreation.
William Floyd Estate
Did You Know?
Tiny insectivorous plants called sundews (Drosera rotundifolia and D. intermedia) may be found in the low moist swales between dunes in the Fire Island wilderness area. Sundew gets its name from the glistening sticky substance on its leaves that traps ants and other small insects. More...