• 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.

Alcohol Policy


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.

The National Park Service does not prohibit the use or possession of alcoholic beverages in public areas within Fire Island National Seashore. However, where the Seashore boundaries overlap with town boundaries, town ordinances may be enforced by other agencies. The Town of Islip, Town of Brookhaven, and the Villages of Ocean Beach and 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.

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?

People on ferry look over Watch Hill Marina.

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...