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 »
For Your Safety: Avoid Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes on Fire Island are a major component of the natural food chain. Mosquitoes are also vectors of organisms that can cause human diseases.
While Fire Island National Seashore has an active mosquito monitoring program to detect the presence of infected mosquitoes, you should make every effort to avoid becoming a part of the "food chain."
What You Can Do To Avoid Mosquitoes
Always use insect repellents safely.
The National Park Service is mandated to protect the natural resources within its boundaries, while ensuring human health and the safety of park visitors, residents and employees. This is a delicate balancing act.
Mosquitoes are known to transmit both Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus and West Nile virus (WNV), and several other arboviruses that can cause human illness. Although several species of mosquitoes live at Fire Island, the risk of contracting EEE or WNV at the park is low. To ensure the health and safety of people, the National Park Service has implemented a relatively extensive mosquito surveillance program at Fire Island National Seashore to detect any incidence of EEE or WNV in the mosquito population.
Did You Know?
New York's state gem—the garnet—may be found among the sands that comprise Fire Island's beaches. Due to differences in size and weight of the grains of sand, you may sometimes see ribbons of garnet and magnatite among the white quartz, as the sand settles on the beach. More...