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.
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.
Did You Know?
Tiny rootlets of the American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and mycorrhyzal fungi hold together the grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Fire Island. You can help protect the dunes by not walking or driving over the beach grass. More...