Sportsman's ORV driving limitations
Due to the breach at Old Inlet, the sportsman's driving area is reduced to approximately 1¼ miles of the beach west of the Wilderness Visitor Center. Required permits may be purchased at this visitor center when staffed, for use through 12/31/2013. More »
New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
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?
The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built at the end of Fire Island in 1826. Today, the Fire Island Inlet is more than five miles west of this foundation. You can see the remnants of the first structure when you visit the present lighthouse, constructed in 1858. More...