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 Preparing for Hurricane Sandy
Contact: Paula Valentine, 631-687-4759, 631-774-0520 (cell)
Patchogue, NY - Fire Island National Seashore is preparing for hazardous weather and surf conditions in anticipation of the approach of Hurricane Sandy. Many island-based facilities have already closed, and ferry service to National Park Service developments at Sailors Haven and Watch Hill has ended for the season. (Ferry service is still operating on a fall schedule from Bayshore, Sayville, and Patchogue to the Fire Island communities, but watch for closures.)
Most interpretive programs planned for Saturday, October 27, will be conducted as planned at the William Floyd Estate and at the Fire Island Lighthouse. For the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, no additional backcountry camping permits will be issued after Friday, October 26. No additional closures are announced at this time.
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Did You Know?
In 2014, America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, just a week before the establishment of Fire Island National Seashore.