• 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.


Historic aerial view of Fire Island Light Station and generator building.

Historic view of current Fire Island Light Station, with 1894 electric powerhouse building beside foundation of the first Fire Island Lighthouse, which had been constructed in 1826 and removed in 1857.

Fire Island Lighthouse
The Fire Island Light Station, located on the west end of Fire Island National Seashore, is maintained to interpret the rich local and maritime heritage.

Because of the dynamic natural processes that shape the Fire Island landscape, and other adverse factors in the environment such as salt spray, there are few intact structures more than 50 years old on Fire Island and adjacent islands and bays.

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.

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Fire Island Lighthouse
Fresnels Lens

William Floyd Estate

Visit the William Floyd Estate to learn more about the Floyd Family and the historic grounds.

William Floyd Estate
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.

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William Floyd
William Floyd Estate

Did You Know?

Crowd of people form a line at ferry terminal building.

The Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal is a short, 2-block walk from the Long Island Railroad Station in Patchogue, New York. From there, you can enjoy a delightful 25-minute passenger ferry trip across the Great South Bay to the facilties at Watch Hill. (Open mid-May to mid-October only.) More...