• 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.

Climate Change

Aerial view of wilderness breach
A breach on Fire Island was created by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, illustrating the dynamic nature of this barrier island and its vulnerability to sea level rise.
NPS Photo/Abell
 

A Dynamic Landscape
Fire Island is constantly being shaped and re-shaped by wind and waves. The complex interaction of sediment, waves, and currents results in a dynamic landscape, with formations like beaches, dunes, and spits shifting over time.

Both natural factors and human activities affect the dynamic nature and geomorphology of barrier islands like Fire Island. Understanding the island's vulnerabilities and addressing the issues of climate change and sea level rise is critical.

 

Learn More
Several recent reports and studies are being used by park managers and planners as Fire Island National Seashore develops its new general managment plan (GMP).

Lesson plans and educational programs help students and other visitors better understand this complex issue and how climate change and sea level rise will affect Fire Island.

Did You Know?

Group gathers in front of white manor house surrounded by large trees.

Several generations of Floyd family women planted trees around the William Floyd Estate's Old Mastic House. You can still see some of those same trees today. Several big trees are now more than 150 years old. More...