• 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.

Press Releases-2004

NERO: Michael T. Reynolds to Head Fire Island National Seashore
(Adobe Acrobat) [12/10/04]

New Superintendent Mike Reynolds
04-16: Fire Island National Seashore Fire Management Plan Available for Public Review
(Adobe Acrobat) [12/15/04]

NERO: Acting Superintendent Barry Sullivan Selected to Head Gateway National Recreation Area; Leaving Fire Island National Seashore in January
(Adobe Acrobat) [12/07/04]

Acting Superintendent Barry Sullivan stands near National Park Service arrowhead symbol.
04-15: Bids Solicited for Concession Contract for Operation of Island Services at Fire Island National Seashore
(Adobe Acrobat) [11/09/04]

Boats docked at the Watch Hill Marina on Fire Island.
04-14: Antique Carriages on Parade at William Floyd Estate; Public Invited to Attend on October 30, 2004
(Adobe Acrobat) [09/24/04]

04-13: New Regulations for Personal Watercraft; Public Review and Comments through October 22, 2004
(Adobe Acrobat) [08/23/04]

04-12: West Nile Virus Found within Fire Island National Seashore
(Adobe Acrobat) [08/25/04]
Infected Mosquitoes Detected near William Floyd Estate
(Adobe Acrobat) [08/21/04]

04-11: Celebrate Special 40th Anniversary Events
September 3: 40th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act of 1964
September 11: 40th Anniversary of the establishment of Fire Island National Seashore
(Adobe Acrobat) [08/18/04]

Hiker dressed in light-colored long pants, long-sleeved shirt and hat explores the wilderness area on Fire Island.
04-10: Park Participates in National Healthy Beach Campaign
(Adobe Acrobat) [08/06/04]

Lifeguards on stand, park ranger on cleaned beach.
04-09: Volunteer Efforts Help Monitor and Control Mosquitoes: Park Partners Purchase Devices for Use at Watch Hill
(Adobe Acrobat) [07/23/04]

Enclosed mosquito trap in clearing near beach.
04-08: National Seashore Announces Plans for Barrett Beach
(Adobe Acrobat) [07/14/04]

04-07: Student Interns Enhance Park’s Interpretative Program with Talks on Alternative Transportation
(Adobe Acrobat) [07/09/04]

Park ranger teaches interns about seashore's special features.
04-06: Plovers Return to Protected Nesting Areas: Respect for Restrictions on Pets, Kites and Driving Appreciated
(Adobe Acrobat) [06/25/04]

Plover nest with four eggs on beach.
04-05: Summer Operations Resume at Fire Island National Seashore: Park Recovers from Harsh Winter; Plans for Special Programs
(Adobe Acrobat) [06/14/04]

04-04: Fire Island Driving Diverted by Piping Plover Chicks
(Adobe Acrobat) [06/04/04]

Adult piping plover on beach.
04-03: Revolutionary War Encampment at William Floyd Estate on June 12
(Adobe Acrobat) [05/24/04]

Re-enactors in Revolutionary War costumes demonstrate skills in front of William Floyd Estate.
04-02: Plovers Return; Pets Restricted on Some Fire Island Beaches
(Adobe Acrobat) [05/07/04]

Signs on beach near Fire Island Lighthouse mark areas closed to pets and kites due to nesting plovers.
04-01: Passing of Fire Island Superintendent Dave Spirtes
(Adobe Acrobat) [04/16/04]

Superintendent Spirtes, at his desk in January, passed away on April 15, 2004, after a brief illness.


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Did You Know?

Close-up view of roots and sand grains beneath golden stems.

Tiny rootlets of the American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and mycorrhyzal fungi hold together the grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Fire Island. You can help protect the dunes by not walking or driving over the beach grass. More...