New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
Within its boundaries, Fire Island National Seashore encompasses 19,580.29 acres of marine and terrestrial property.
Federal (6,241.95 acres) :
Non-Federal (13,338.34 acres):
See Legislative History in Park Planning: Management Documents.
In 2004, Fire Island National Seashore recorded its peak visitation figure of 975,236.
It is estimated that more than 2.2 million people annually come to Fire Island, either into one of the 17 Fire Island communities, on waters surrounding the island, or to one of the national seashore facilities.
The National Park Service Public Use Statistics website includes detailed visitation data for Fire Island from 1967 to the present, as well as statistics for other National Park Service areas.
The National Park Service Social Science Division produces a number of reports and publications, including its Money Generation Model (MGM) Reports, which summarize the economic benefits to local communities from national park visitation and payroll.
The NPS Social Science Program also oversees an annual Visitor Survey Card Project, conducted by the University of Idaho, Park Studies Unit (UI PSU) at many NPS areas, including Fire Island National Seashore.
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A comprehensive analysis of park visitation, staffing and budget was prepared in 2005.
For a more detailed break-down of visitation numbers by park:
Did You Know?
The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built in 1826 on the western end of the island. Today, Fire Island Inlet is more than 5 miles west of this foundation. More...