• 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.

Our Partners

Collaboration and partnerships are a crucial aspect of the management of Fire Island National Seashore. The diversity of natural, cultural and recreational resources in the park-and presence of 17 private communities, a county park and New York State's only federally designated wilderness within the boundaries of the park-all require careful coordination as all stakeholders work toward common goals.

A shared vision and broad communication is essential for the preservation of the Seashore and its values. The park has formed partnerships with a variety of organizations in order to help define this vision while helping the National Park Service fulfill its mission.


Fire Island National Seashore's primary partners operate under formal agreements with the National Park Service.

Partners operating under Concessions Agreements

  • Fire Island Concessions, LLC
    An authorized park concessioner, Fire Island Concessions assumed the management of the Seashore's 2 marinas, snack bars, and the campground, camp store and restaurant in 2005.
  • Sayville Ferry Service
    An authorized park concessioner, this company operates the ferry service from Sayville to Sailors Haven/Sunken Forest, and by special charter to Talisman/Barrett Beach.
  • Davis Park Ferry Company
    An authorized park concessioner, this company operates the ferry service from Patchogue to Watch Hill, and by special charter Talisman/Barrett Beach.

Partners operating under Cooperating Association Agreements

  • Eastern National
    This cooperating association maintains book sales outlets at Watch Hill, Sailors Haven, Wilderness visitor centers and at the William Floyd Estate.
  • Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society (FILPS)
    Formed in 1982 in response to the possible demolition of the Fire Island Lighthouse, the Society raised over $1.2 million to save and restore the Lighthouse. In 1996, the nonprofit group signed a 10-year Memorandum of Agreement with the National Park Service to maintain and operate the Fire Island Lighthouse. In 2006, FILPS signed a Cooperating Association Agreement to continue its support through a program of visitor services, publications sales, membership and fundraising activities.

Partners operating under Friends Agreements:

  • Friends of Fire Island National Seashore (FFINS)
    A nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage proper stewardship of park natural resources, foster cooperative and mutual communication between the National Park Service, communities and user groups, and to promote environmentally sound access to all of the various aspects of Fire Island National Seashore.
  • Friends of Watch Hill (FOWH)
    A non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and support the recreational use of Watch Hill, Fire Island while preserving its natural resources and beauty.

Towns and Villages on Fire Island
Fire Island National Seashore works cooperatively with the Town of Brookhaven, the Town of Islip, the incorporated Village of Saltaire and Village of Ocean Beach on Fire Island.

Did You Know?

The uppermost level of a long bridge sloping down to the island is covered by a string of cars and vans.

You may drive to either end of Fire Island, and walk to Fire Island National Seashore from either Robert Moses State Park or Smith Point County Park. You should anticipate long lines of traffic on warm, sunny weekend days. More...