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.
GMP Public Scoping Meetings
In preparation for the park's new General Management Planning (GMP) process, Fire Island National Seashore conducted a series of dialogues on critical park and community issues. National Park Service staff launched the process during the summer of 2006, with public scoping meetings at the Ocean Beach Community House and Davis Park on July 29, and meetings at Sailors Haven, Watch Hill, Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pines, Saltaire, and near the Fire Island Lighthouse on August 11-13, 2006.
From September 25-27, 2006, additional meetings were held at Mastic Beach, Patchogue and Stony Brook, New York. A meeting in New York City was conducted on November 14, 2006.
A summary of the comments from these meetings was included in the Winter 2007/08 Fire Island National Seashore GMP Interim Report.
Open House dates and locations:
In September, additional meetings were held at Mastic Beach, Patchogue, and Stony Brook. A meeting in New York City was conducted on November 14.
Did You Know?
The Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal is a short, 2-block walk from the Long Island Railroad Station in Patchogue, New York. From there, you can enjoy a delightful 25-minute passenger ferry trip across the Great South Bay to the facilties at Watch Hill. (Open mid-May to mid-October only.) More...