• 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 - 2008

08-20: Beach Nourishment Projects to Begin on Fire Island
(Adobe Acrobat) [12-19-2008]

08-19: Holiday Hikes and Programs at Fire Island National Seashore
(Adobe Acrobat) [11-19-2008]

08-18: Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Ferry Terminal in Patchogue on October 17, 2008
(Adobe Acrobat) [10-16-2008]

Fire Island Superintendent Chris Soller.
NPS Photo
Superintendent Chris Soller to arrive in November 2008.

08-15: New Superintendent Selected for Fire Island National Seashore
(Adobe Acrobat) [9/25/2008]

08-14: Fall Programs at Fire Island; 150th Anniversary of Fire Island Lighthouse on November 1
(Adobe Acrobat) [9/20/2008]

08-13: West Nile Virus Detected on Fire Island: One Infected Mosquito Sample Found Near Fire Island Pines
(Adobe Acrobat) [8/14/2008]

08-12: Public Review of Environmental Assessments for Storm Surge Protection Projects on Fire Island; Comments Due by September 2
(Adobe Acrobat) [7/30/2008]

08-11: Summer Programs in Full Swing: Lifeguarded Beaches; Enchanted Evenings at Sailors Haven and Watch Hill; Entries Accepted for Annual Photo Contest
(Adobe Acrobat) [7/29/2008]

08-10: Fire Island National Seashore Offers Special Programs at William Floyd Estate in July: The Summer Gunner—The Art and Lore of Traditional Decoy Carving
(Adobe Acrobat) [6/25/2008]

08-09: Public Review of Floodplain Findings for Fire Island National Seashore's New Ferry Terminal in Patchogue
(Adobe Acrobat) [5/14/2008]

08-08: Piping Plovers Return to Fire Island: National Park Service Implements Annual Protection Measures
(Adobe Acrobat) [5/01/2008]

08-07: National Park Service Centennial Projects Coming to Fire Island: Wayside Exhibits Planned for Kismet, Fire Island Pines and Watch Hill
(Adobe Acrobat) [4/24/2008]

National Park Service Junior Ranger patch.
National Junior Ranger Day is on April 26, 2008. Kids earn this patch by participating in scheduled activities that day.

08-06: National Park Week/Junior Ranger Day Programs at Fire Island National Seashore: Variety of Activities Planned for April 19 - 27, 2008
(Adobe Acrobat) [4/11/2008]

  • 4/19/08 Fire Island Lighthouse Trek
  • 4/20/08 Wilderness Earth Day Hike
  • 4/22/08 Wilderness Earth Day Hike
  • 4/26/08 Orienteering at Fire Island Wilderness and Fire Island Lighthouse
  • 4/26/08 Ocean Discovery at Wilderness Visitor Center
Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal site with boat on river.

08-02: Bids Solicited for Fire Island National Seashore Ferry Service: Transportation of Visitors to Watch Hill and to Sailors Haven on Fire Island
(Adobe Acrobat) [2/1/2008]

08-01: New Winter Programs for Fire Island National Seashore in February
(Adobe Acrobat) [1/31/2008]



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Did You Know?

Close view of sand showing bands of colors: white, dark grey, and reddish purple.

New York's state gem—the garnet—may be found among the sands that comprise Fire Island's beaches. Due to differences in size and weight of the grains of sand, you may sometimes see ribbons of garnet and magnatite among the white quartz, as the sand settles on the beach. More...