• 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.


Fire Island National Seashore is one of more than 400 units of the National Park System. The National Park Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior and preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.


Mission of the National Park Service at Fire Island National Seashore
The National Park Service is committed to preserving Fire Island National Seashore's natural and cultural resources, its values of maritime and American history, barrier island dynamics and ecology, biodiversity, museum collection, and wilderness. The National Park Service is committed to providing access, a positive visitor experience, and recreational and educational opportunities to Fire Island National Seashore visitors in this natural and cultural setting close to densely populated urban and suburban areas. While maintaining and exemplifying the policies of the National Park Service, Fire Island will work collaboratively with local partners and constituents to achieve excellence in all we do and create a shared stewardship philosophy for one of the nation's national treasures.

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Did You Know?

1964-2014 Wilderness 50th Anniversary logo beside winter backpacker on Fire Island

In 2014, America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, just a week before the establishment of Fire Island National Seashore.