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    National Seashore New York

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    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's 2014 Superintendent's Compendium Released

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Date: February 11, 2014
Contact: Lena Koschmann, Chief Ranger, 631-687-4757
Contact: Kathy Krause, Chief of Interpretation, 631-687-4772

Patchogue, NY - On January 31, 2014, Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller signed the 2014 Superintendent's Compendium, now available on the park website. The purpose of the compedium 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:

  • Visiting dates and hours of park facilities
  • Public use limits for specific areas and activities
  • A list of activities that require a permit from the park, in addition to those found in 36 CFR
  • Stay limits for campgrounds and docks
  • A list of designated camping areas and camping regulations
  • Areas identified for public assemblies and meetings
  • Vehicle and traffic safety regulations specific to Fire Island

"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.

A link to the entire document is on the park's web page at


For more information, please contact the Chief Ranger's office at 631-687-4757.

Did You Know?

Two people head down sandy trail past bulletin boards and information signs, lighthouse in distance.

You can walk to the Fire Island Lighthouse from the Field 5 parking lot at Robert Moses State Park. The lighthouse is open year-round, weather permitting. More...