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 Releases its 2013 Superintendent's Compendium
Contact: Lena Koschmann, Chief Ranger, 631-687-4757
Contact: Paula Valentine, Public Affairs, 631-687-4759
Patchogue, NY - On February 4, 2013, Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller signed the 2013 Superintendent's Compendium, now available on the park web site. The purpose of the compendium is to provide the public and park employees with a document that lists the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent. The compendium supplements and clarifies those regulations found in other federal law, including Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR), Parts 1-7, which pertain to the National Park Service. These regulations apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore.
The Fire Island Superintendent's Compendium provides useful information that helps visitors, Fire Island residents, and park employees understand and follow park rules and regulations. Included in the compendium are written determinations that describe the reasons for the regulations. The following information can be found in the compendium:
"We recommend that anyone visiting Fire Island read and become familiar with the regulations contained within this Superintendent's Compendium," stated Soller. Failure to abide by these regulations can result in a citation of up to $5,000 and up to six months in jail. Below are a few regulations that are in effect as of February 5, 2013.
One of the key elements included in this compendium is the announcement that New York State public nudity laws will be enforced at Fire Island National Seashore.
Annual closures and restrictions announced in the Compendium include the following:
A link to the entire document is on the park's web page at www.nps.gov/fiis/parkmgmt/lawsandpolicies.htm.
For more information, please contact the Chief Ranger's office at 631-687-4757.
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2-page pdf of this news release
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