• 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.

Management Documents

Enabling Legislation

Legislative History of Fire Island National Seashore
booklet includes

PUBLIC LAW 88-587 (All) FllS Enabling Legislation (1964)
PUBLIC LAW 89-244 (All) William Floyd Estate (1965)
  • Map OGP-0003: Map of the Fire Island National Seashore Including the William Floyd Estate
    (full size scan)
PUBLIC LAW 94-578 (Part) Increase Appropriations (1976)

PUBLIC LAW 95-625 (Part) Boundary Changes & Dune District (1978)
PUBLIC LAW 96-585 (All) High Dune Wilderness Designation (1980)

PUBLIC LAW 98-482 (All) FllS Land Acquisition (1984)

1977 General Management Plan

1979 Statement for Management

Designation of Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness
(Public Law 96 -585—December 23, 1980)

1983 Wilderness Management Plan

Fire Island National Seashore: Zoning Standards
36 CFR Ch I, Section 28 (7-01-2007 edition)

1984 Land Protection Plan

Special Regulations for Fire Island National Seashore
36 CFR Ch. I, Section 7.20

1996 Fire Island to Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, Breach Contingency Plan
(U. S. Army Corps of Engineers) 582 pages

Natural Resources Management


Recent Environmental Assessments for Fire Island National Seashore


Strategic Plans
Section 104 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 requires that all field units of the National Park System prepare Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans consistent with the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).

GPRA mandates that long-tern and annual goals be results or outcomes rather than outputs (activities, products, or services) and that they be "objective, quantifiable, and measurable" so that performance can be adequately measured and reported.

In 2004, the Department of the Interior produced a strategic plan, with which all DOI agencies (including the National Park Service) are required to be aligned.

Individual parks create plans that address appropriate long-term goals in the NPS and DOI plans, and include goals that are specific to each park's legislative mandates, missions, resources, visitor services, and issues.

An Annual Performance Plan and an Annual Performance Report is created each year for the park.

Did You Know?

PWC passes a green channel marker in bay near wooded shoreline and salt marsh.

The use of personal watercraft (PWCs or JetSkis) is restricted within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. While not permitted at National Park Service facilities or near shorelines, PWCs may use the marked channels to access some of the Fire Island communities. More...