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 area, 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 your 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.
Some of the communities and state/county/town properties within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore prohibit the possession or public consumption of alcohol, so be sure to check 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 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. 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, sale or distribution of any controlled substance is prohibited.
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...