• 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.

General Management Plan

Fire Island National Seashore General Management Plan (GMP)

1977 GMP/EIS

2006 GMP Public Scoping

GMP Foundation Documents GMP E-Newsletters
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Follow the progress at the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) web site:

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The Fire Island Community Character Study report is now available on-line.
For more information, see:

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Learn more!

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The public comment period for the preliminary management alternatives has ended, but feedback is always welcome.

Fire Island National Seashore GMP Newsletter 2, April 2010 Preliminary Management Alternatives was available for public review and comment from April 24 through September 6, 2010.

This newsletter describes draft proposed management alternatives for the park. Public input is critical at this point to assist the National Park Service in refining the alternatives for presentation in a formal Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS), and the identification of the NPS preferred alternative.

While the comment period has ended for these documents, feedback is always welcome:

  • Via e-mail: fire_island_gmp@nps.gov
  • Fax to 617-223-5164
  • Mail to this address:
    Fire Island National Seashore GMP
    15 State Street
    Boston MA 02109
    Attn: Ellen Carlson, Project Manager

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View from Fire Island Lighthouse, looking east toward Kismet.

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Where Will Fire Island Go From Here?
You Can Help Shape a New General Management Plan

In preparation for the park's new General Management Planning (GMP) process, park staff and planners have spent undertaken a series of dialogues on critical park and community issues over the past few years. During the summer of 2006, Fire Island National Seashore launched this process with public scoping meetings. During scoping, a variety of stakeholders shared their ideas of important park values and issues of concern, including the overall management of the Seashore.

Additional stakeholder meetings and workshops were conducted in 2007 and 2008, and foundation documents were revisited. In 2009 and 2010, preliminary management alternatives were crafted and were available for public review and comment.

Your participation is vital at each step of the process to ensure that we consider all stakeholders' issues and concerns, and to be sure that we capture all issues regarding the comprehensive preservation and management of park resources-both for today and for future generations. Help us shape Fire Island National Seashore's future.

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Did You Know?

Flash atop black-and-white striped lighthouse tower at night.

As you cross the Great South Bay from Long Island to Fire Island, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the light atop the Fire Island Lighthouse, which appears to flash every 7½ seconds. More...