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.
Fire Island Offers Special Programs in October 2011
Although services are winding down on parts of Fire Island, special tours and seasonal programs are planned for October 2011. The fall can also be a great time to explore the park on your own when the weather cools and "critters" like mosquitoes and ticks are less abundant.
Ferry service to Watch Hill and Sailors Haven, which is already limited to weekends, will end for the season on Monday, October 10. The visitor centers and snack bars at each of these sites also close on October 10. However, the two marinas and the Watch Hill Campground will remain open until October 25.
The William Floyd Estate will continue to be open until November 13, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to the guided tours of the Old Mastic House (offered every half-hour between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the grounds are open), a variety of indoor and outdoor programs are offered in October:
For more information about programs at the William Floyd Estate, or to make reservations, call 631-399-2030.
At the Wilderness Visitor Center (631-281-3010), a special program for beginning birders will provide instruction and useful hints to help people better observe the annual fall migration of birds. Later in the month, local musicians will share their stories through song.
The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is offering two special programs this month at the Fire Island Lighthouse.
A new stop on the lantern tour this year will be the interior of the new Fresnel Lens Building, where the Fire Island Lighthouse's original 1858 lighting apparatus is now on display.
For more information about programs at the Fire Island Lighthouse, or to make reservations, call 631-661-4876.
Did You Know?
At least 2.2 million people spend time within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore every year. Almost 800,000 people annually visit park facilities. July and August are the busiest months. Sunny weekends are the busiest days. More...