• 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 Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Sailors Haven beach
Calm before the storm? THe beach at Sailors Haven on Friday, October 26, 2012.
NPS Photo/Dunphy

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News Release Date: October 26, 2012
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.

For updates, check the park website at www.nps.gov/fiis, or follow updates at Twitter.com/FireIslandNPS and facebook.com/FireIslandNPS.


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