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.
1977 General Management Plan
Fire Island National Seashore's current General Management Plan was published in late 1977, and signed (with an addendum) in March 1978, as a result of planning efforts which began in July 1975.
Fire Island National Seashore was established on September 11, 1964. The park's first planning document was prepared in 1965 and adopted in 1967. Additional plans were initiated in 1971, before work on the current plan began in July 1975.
Funding was received in 2006 to start the planning process again for Fire Island National Seashore.
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Did You Know?
In the mid-1970s, Fire Island's deer herd consisted of only about 50 white-tailed deer. By 2005, the number was estimated to be 500-700 deer. More...