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.
Coastal Harvest Presentation Celebrates Nature’s Bounty for Thanksgiving
Fire Island, NY - On Saturday, November 17, the National Park Service is offering "The Bounty of Fire Island," a free hour-long presentation at the Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building. The program will focus on the rich heritage and harvest of foods from the barrier beach and its surrounding waters.
The "Bounty of Fire Island" will cover barrier island favorites like fish and shellfish, share some savory seaside recipes, and explore the history of classic dishes like Oysters Rockefeller and Manhattan Clam Chowder. The presentation will also explore why the plant and animal ingredients integral to these long-time favorites make their home in the barrier island environs. Parking is available for free at Robert Moses State Park Field #5. Follow the ¾-mile boardwalk trail to the Fire Island Lighthouse.
For additional information, phone 631-687-4766.
Did You Know?
In 1790, William Floyd - one of New York's four signers of the Declaration of Independence - was the largest slave holder in Suffolk County, New York, at one time. The 1790 U. S. Census indicates that 14 slaves lived on his Mastic plantation. More...