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.
This Week's National Park Getaway: Fire Island National Seashore
Contact: Paula Valentine, 631-687-4759
The National Park Service has selected Fire Island National Seashore as the featured park in its weekly National Park Getaway series. Every week, one of the 397 units of the National Park System is highlighted. With the start of the summer beach season and the celebration of the Fourth of July, what park could be more appropriate this week. Fire Island National Seashore includes miles of undeveloped beaches, quiet nature trails and wilderness, bustling marinas, and even the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
See National Park Service press release
Did You Know?
You can hike into New York State's only federally-designated wilderness area on Fire Island. Day trips into the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness provide an opportunity to sample the sensation of being miles away from civilization. More...