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
The Fire Island Community Character Study report is now available on-line.
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:
Where Will Fire Island Go From Here?
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.
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Did You Know?
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...