• 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.

Research

Seashore staff monitor salt marsh habitat.
Take a closer look at the science of the Seashore.
 
Researchers study the bay shoreline
Conducting Research on Fire Island
Research on barrier island ecosystems and studies of culture, history, and place have been integral to understanding and protecting Fire Island National Seashore's natural and cultural features since the park's establishment. To conduct research at Fire Island National Seashore, you need to provide a study plan and complete an application at the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System site.
 
A doe and fawn are hidden in the trees.

White-tailed Deer and Vegetation Research
Fire Island National Seashore has been involved in a number of vegetation and deer population monitoring programs for more than 40 years. Learn more about these research and monitoring efforts.

 
Seashore staff measure sand overwashed by Hurricane Sandy.

Fire Island National Seashore Biennial Science Conference
Find out about the fascinating research taking place on Fire Island.

Did You Know?

Winter Backpacker in Fire Island Wilderness.

The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness was named for New York Congressman Otis G. Pike, who served from 1961-79, and co-sponsored the bill to create Fire Island National Seashore in 1964. The Fire Island Wilderness was designated in 1980. More...