• 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.

Multimedia Presentations

Check out Fire Island National Sesahore's latest videos on YouTube!

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Take a virtual tour of Fire Island National Seashore:

Overview of the park's natural and cultural resources, and its major facilities and recreational opportunities. Includes aerial views of Fire Island and a glimpse of a guided tour of the William Floyd Estate.


Learn more about the significance and the stories of Fire Island National Seashore's cultural resources:

Orientation to the Fire Island Lighthouse
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Duration: 11 minutes 30 seconds

Orientation to the Fire Island Lighthouse
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Duration: 11 minutes 30 seconds

Tours into the tower are offered daily, and special guided tours of the Light Station grounds are offered periodically. Curriculum-based education programs are also conducted by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.




Fire Island National Seashore
40th Anniversary Commemoration
September 11, 2004
Ocean Beach, Fire Island

While this historic anniversary program wasn't officially or professionally recorded, its content was captured on amateur video. Some of these programs are available on the Friends of Fire Island National Seashore web site to share this perspective on the establishment of of the seashore on September 11, 1964.

Keynote Address by Lee Koppelman
Reminiscences by Walter Reish
Historic Readings by Bartley Horton
Reminiscences by Claire Siegel
Remarks by Murray Barbash
Conclusion by Irving Like

Did You Know?

Portrait of William Floyd, painted in 1792, with his Mastic plantation in background.

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...