New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
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?
In 1790, William Floyd - one of New York's four signers of the Declaration of Independence - was the largest slave holder in Suffolk County, New York, at one time. The 1790 U. S. Census indicates that 14 slaves lived on his Mastic plantation. More...