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.
Sailors Haven Channel Dredging Begins; Bayside Sediment Transport Project Underway
A maintenance dredging project for the Sailors Haven Marina entrance channel in Fire Island National Seashore began on November 3, and is expected to be completed by mid-December 2011. The dredged material from this channel will be used for a bayside shoreline stabilization research project to help protect the Sunken Forest. "By redepositing the sand from the channel back onto the bay shoreline," stated facility manager Jim Dunphy, "we hope to help reduce the amount of erosion occurring west of the Sailors Haven Marina, while providing for a safe navigation channel."
Sailors Haven is one of Fire Island National Seashore's primary developed areas, with seasonal public ferry access from Sayville, a lifeguarded beach, and a 45-slip marina that is heavily used from mid-May to mid-October. Thousands of school children and others look forward to tours through the Sunken Forest, which is accessible from Sailors Haven.
Fire Island's Sunken Forest is a globally rare maritime holly forest habitat, and its bay shoreline has been eroding for many years. This project combines a periodic channel maintenance procedure with a project to restore the bayside sediment transport processes at Fire Island National Seashore, providing for the safety of boaters and other recreational users and protection for the maritime forest.
The environmental assessment for this project was reviewed and approved in June 2005. Funding for dredging was obtained in June 2011, and all necessary permits have been obtained.
Did You Know?
As you cross the Great South Bay from Long Island to Fire Island, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the light atop the Fire Island Lighthouse, which appears to flash every 7½ seconds. More...