• 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 - 2012

Fire Island National Seashore Continues Wilderness Breach Evaluation

Most Fire Island Facilities Remain Closed During Post-Sandy Clean-up

Fire Island National Seashore Remains Closed Following Hurricane Sandy

Fire Island Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Coastal Harvest Presentation Celebrates Nature's Bounty for Thanksgiving

Boats & Beaches, Bass & Bluefish, Fluke & Flounder: Fishing Fire Island

Fall 2012 Programs at Fire Island National Seashore

Special Programs this Columbus Day Weekend at William Floyd Estate and on Fire Island

West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitoes near Watch Hill

International Coastal Cleanup on Fire Island

Celebrate National Park Service's 96th Birthday: Enjoy a Fire Island program on August 25

More Special Programs at William Floyd Estate, Fire Island in August 2012

Increased Vigilance for West Nile Virus on Fire Island and at William Floyd Estate

Special Programs this Summer on Fire Island and at William Floyd Estate

This Week's National Park Getaway: Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island Lighthouse 11th Annual Art Show open through July 15

2012 "Essence of Fire Island" Photography Exhibition Opens June 28 in Patchogue

National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 9: Take a Hike on Fire Island

Fire Island's May 2012 Programs feature Migratory Birds, Horseshoe Crabs, Night Skies

Teachers Workshop, Science Conference Provide Opportunities to Explore Fire Island Resources

Fire Island's National Junior Ranger Day Program on Saturday, April 21

Fire Island's Biennial Science Conference Set for April 27-28, 2012

Piping Plovers Return to Fire Island; Pet Restrictions March 15 through Labor Day

Fire Island's Special Programs for March 2012 celebrate history, welcome spring

Fire Island National Seashore's 2012 Volunteer Recruitment Day on March 24

National Parks bring visitors, money and jobs to Long Island

From Vestiges of Winter to Harbingers of Spring: 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count at Fire Island National Seashore

Great Backyard Bird Count at Fire Island, William Floyd Estate on February 18

USGS Continues Coastal Research at Fire Island this Winter; Program January 28

Winter Hikes and Programs Planned on Fire Island, at William Floyd Estate


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...