Sportsman's ORV driving limitations
Due to the breach at Old Inlet, the sportsman's driving area is reduced to approximately 1¼ miles of the beach west of the Wilderness Visitor Center. Required permits may be purchased at this visitor center when staffed, for use through 12/31/2013. More »
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 »
The use or possession of alcoholic beverages on federal park lands within Fire Island National Seashore is allowed for anyone age 21 or older, except in historic structures and visitor centers. The restriction on alcohol in these structures may be waived during special events with written permission via a special use permit.
On federal lands, you may take alcoholic beverages on the beach or on nature trails and boardwalks, and into the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, but remember: No glass containers on lifeguarded beaches. This is also a Carry-In, Carry-Out area. There are no garbage cans on the beach or on trails, so you must bring all empty containers back with you. You may have an open container of alcoholic beverage at the Watch Hill or Sailors Haven marina, but you should exercise caution for your safety and recycle your empty containers.
The Town of Islip and Town of Brookhaven, and the Village of Ocean Beach and Village of Saltaire prohibit the possession of open containers or the consumption of alcoholic beverages in places open to the general public, except where licensed or specially permitted. Always be aware of where you're at and respect local rules.
Fire Island Concessions, LLC is permitted to sell alcoholic beverages at its Watch Hill bar and restaurant; a limited selection of beer is available at its camp store and snack bars. Marina quiet hours must be respected between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. Disorderly conduct is not tolerated, and can result in a fine and/or arrest.
Operating a boat or motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is prohibited. Vehicles and vessels may not be operated with an open container of alcohol within access of the operator. Be aware that alcohol can be even more hazardous on the water than on land.
The possession or use of glass containers is prohibited in the water and in adjacent beach areas at the Watch Hill and Sailors Haven designated lifeguarded beaches.
The possession, use, sale or distribution of any controlled substance is prohibited.
Did You Know?
The origin of the name "Fire Island" has not been officially documented, and several theories exist. What do you think? More...