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.
Fire Island National Seashore Campgrounds
Watch Hill Family Campground
Accessible by private boat or ferry, Watch Hill is located directly across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, and the campground is a 1/4-mile walk from the ferry dock. Campground is within walking distance of visitor center, marina, general store, ocean beach (lifeguarded during summer months), showers and bathhouse, nature trails, and Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness.
For fee information and a detailed campground map, visit Fire Island Concessions' web site at www.watchhillfi.com.
Wilderness Backcountry Camping
Effective May 15, 2013, reservations for wilderness camping (backcountry camping) permits for the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness area must be obtained online at Recreation.gov for overnight stays. A $20 cost-recovery fee is charged for each reservation.
There are two camping zones within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, the "East" and "West" zones. Access to both East and West wilderness/backcountry camping zones will be through Watch Hill, since the breach at Old Inlet doesn't allow access to camping areas from the east. See Watch Hill Visitor Center hours (631-597-6455; mid-May to mid-October). Call 631-687-4780 for more information.
You must be prepared for ticks, mosquitoes and heat if you intend to camp during the summer. For more information, see Wilderness Camping.
Additional camping opportunities are available at Smith Point County Park. Learn more about Camping on Fire Island.
Did You Know?
You can hike into New York State's only federally-designated wilderness area on Fire Island. Day trips into the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness provide an opportunity to sample the sensation of being miles away from civilization. More...