• 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, suspension of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. If channel conditions are not navigable, Watch Hill-bound vessels may run to and from Davis Park, approximately one mile from Watch Hill.

Annual Photo Contests and Art Shows

Share your Fire Island photos!
Share your Fire Island photos!

Annual Wildlife Photo Contest
Fire Island National Seashore
(No application fee; one entry per person)

For More Information:
Wildlife Photo Contest


Annual Fire Island Lighthouse Art Show
Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society (FILPS)

(application fee: $10 FILPS members for up to 2 entries / $15 non-members)

For More Information:
phone: 631-661-4876

The Essence of Fire Island
Friends of Fire Island National Seashore's Annual Art Exhibit and Fundraiser

Featuring Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island
Nature Photography Exhibit

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More Opportunities to Share Your Work
One of the many values of our National Park Service (NPS) sites around the country is the opportunity each offers for reflection, contemplation and inspiration. Many people express these values in their works of art, and there are a number of venues for sharing your work.

The images you capture at Fire Island National Seashore can be shared with the park's social media pages at:

You may also submit your photos and artwork to a variety of park partners' photo and art contests, or you can enjoy the work created by other artists inspired by park resources.


Did You Know?

Hundreds of small, round, pearly-pink eggs lie scattered at water's edge beside horseshoe crab molt..

Horseshoe crabs come near shore on the full moon in May and June to lay thousands of eggs, which are a valuable food source for migrating shorebirds in spring and early summer. Occasionally, a perfectly-formed horseshoe crab molt can be found on the beach, shed as the young animal grows. More...