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 Prohibits Alcohol on Federal Lands Between Atlantique and Corneille Estates
Contact: Ronald Michael, 631-687-4757
Fire Island, New York – Effective August 1, 2014 - the National Park Service (NPS) will prohibit alcohol on federal lands located between the Town of Islip communities of Atlantique and Corneille Estates on Fire Island. The closure is due to visitor use impacts and is consistent with New York State and Town of Islip regulations enforced on adjacent town beaches.
The closure is established under the discretionary authority of the superintendent in accordance with Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR2.35).
With more than 500 visitors reportedly using these natural areas on weekends, impacts including the improper disposal of refuse and degradation of dunes and vegetation have become apparent. The NPS will use a progressive law enforcement approach to enforce the regulation.
Fire Island National Seashore encompasses 26 miles of ocean and bay shoreline, lush backdunes, maritime forests and residential communities on Fire Island, a barrier island situated south of Long Island, New York. Fire Island's dynamic coastal landscape is home to a diversity of plants and wildlife and offers a retreat from nearby metropolitan New York. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/fiis.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
In the mid-1970s, Fire Island's deer herd consisted of only about 50 white-tailed deer. By 2005, the number was estimated to be 500-700 deer. More...