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.
More than 30 species of reptiles (turtles and snakes) and amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders) have been known to live within or visit Fire Island National Seashore, from the Fowler's toad to the giant leatherback sea turtle. To learn more, please see the Inventory of Amphibians and Reptiles at Fire Island National Seashore.
A greater number of species have historically been found at the William Floyd Estate, a unit of Fire Island National Seashore located in Mastic Beach on Long Island, New York. However, only one frog species, the spring peeper, and two salamander species, the four-toed salamander and the eastern red-backed salamander, were recorded at this 613-acre site during recent studies. For more information, please see the Inventory of Amphibians and Reptiles at the William Floyd Estate, Fire Island National Seashore.
Did You Know?
Seventeen pre-existing communities remain inside the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. Some early supporters of the national seashore were interested in its establishment to ensure that a proposed parkway down the middle of Fire Island would not be constructed. More...