• 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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  • 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.

  • See Inventory of Amphibians and Reptiles at Fire Island National Seashore, September 2010.
    • Fowler's Toad (Bufo woodhousei fowleri) - historically abundant; now common
    • Southern Leopard Frog - historically abundant; now extirpated; New York State species of special concern
    • American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) - historically not present; now uncommon

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?

Group watching birds near marsh and trees.

You might get to observe a number of birds on a ranger-guided walk at the William Floyd Estate: a blackburnian warbler perched on a tree branch, a woodcock flushed from the fields, or a bald eagle chasing an osprey with a fish over the salt marsh! More...