New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
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, on the south shore of Long Island, from the Fowler's toad to the giant leatherback sea turtle.
However, in a recent herpetological study, only 2 species of amphibians and 8 reptile species were documented as residents on Fire Island.
A greater number of species have historically been found at the William Floyd Estate. 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.
Did You Know?
The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built at the end of Fire Island in 1826. Today, the Fire Island Inlet is more than five miles west of this foundation. You can see the remnants of the first structure when you visit the present lighthouse, constructed in 1858. More...