Sportsman's ORV driving limitations
Due to the breach at Old Inlet, the sportsman's driving area is reduced to approximately 1¼ miles of the beach west of the Wilderness Visitor Center. Required permits may be purchased at this visitor center when staffed, for use through 12/31/2013. More »
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 »
Fire Island National Seashore's weather can vary widely between the island and the mainland of Long Island. Historically, seasonal temperatures have ranged from below zero during December, January, February, and March to over 100º in August. Average temperatures in this maritime climate are much more moderate, however.
The fall and winter months along the coast are relatively cool and dry, with brief periods of rain. Spring along the coast can be cool and windy. Summers on Fire Island are typically warm and humid.
Annual precipitation averages 38.9" with the distribution being relatively consistent throughout the year.
The Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30, with most major storms occurring during the late summer or early fall.
Global climate change is one of the critical natural resource issues that concerns the National Park Service.
At Fire Island National Seashore, the major repercussion of changing temperatures lies in sea-level rise. The National Park Service and the United States Geological Survey are currently developing Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) maps for coastal parks to identify coastal areas sensitive to sea-level rise.
For More Information
You can learn more about weather changes or "global warming" from the U. S. Environmental protection Agency's web site on Climate Change.
Did You Know?
The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built in 1826 on the western end of the island. Today, Fire Island Inlet is more than 5 miles west of this foundation. More...