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.
Fall Programs Resume at Fire Island National Seashore
Contact: Kathy Krause, 631-687-4772
The Fire Island Lighthouse tower is now open for tours after several months of restoration work. The William Floyd Estate and the Wilderness Visitor Center have reopened as well, following the recent federal government shutdown. Fire Island National Seashore staff and partners welcome visitors back to the park. "We invite you to participate in a variety of scheduled fall programs," said Superintendent Chris Soller, "or to explore the Seashore on your own and at your own pace."
The Fire Island Lighthouse is open Noon - 4 pm daily through mid-December, then weekends only through March 2014. Last tower tour 1 hour before closing. The facility is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The William Floyd Estate is open Friday through Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm, through November 11, 2013. Old Mastic House tours are available 10 am - 4 pm, when the Estate is open.
The Wilderness Visitor Center is open Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Waterfowl hunting permits and recreational driving permits for fishing are available for purchase there.
Facilities at Sailors Haven, Watch Hill and Barrett Beach/Talisman are now closed for the season.
For more information about park events and programs, see "What's Happening This Week."
Did You Know?
Tiny insectivorous plants called sundews (Drosera rotundifolia and D. intermedia) may be found in the low moist swales between dunes in the Fire Island wilderness area. Sundew gets its name from the glistening sticky substance on its leaves that traps ants and other small insects. More...