• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • 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 Remains Closed Following Hurricane Sandy

View of Watch Hill beach before and after Hurricane Sandy: 06-28-2012 and 10-31-2012
View of Watch Hill's duneline before the storm and after Hurricane Sandy.

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News Release Date: November 3, 2012
Contact: Paula Valentine, 631-687-4759

All Fire Island National Seashore facilities remain closed following the landfall of Hurricane Sandy on Monday evening, October 29, 2012. Damage assessments are still underway, and all access to Fire Island is prohibited, even by private boat. Both the Town of Islip and the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County have extended their mandatory evacuation orders for Fire Island.

Additional information and updates will be provided when available.


Aerial view of Watch Hill, Fire Island, on November 2, 2012.
Fire Island National Seashore facilities at Watch Hill, taken on November 2, 2012.
NPS Photo/Dunphy

Did You Know?

Lifeguard stand and rescue buoys are stationed on the beach.

Lifeguarded beaches are provided at Fire Island National Seashore during the summer at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven. More...