• 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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  • 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 »


Views of a trip to Watch Hill Campground.
Camping at Watch Hill on Fire Island begins with a half-hour ferry or boat ride across the Great South Bay. You can feel miles away from civilization at this remote destination off Long Island.

Camping on Fire Island is available at the designated family and group campground site at Watch Hill (seasonal), by permit only within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness (available year-round, but number of permits and number of people per site are limited), and at Smith Point County Park.

Reservations are recommended for the Watch Hill Campground, now available online through Fire Island Concessions, LLC, and for Smith Point County Park, through the Suffolk County Park System.

Reservations for wilderness ("backcountry") camping are required through Recreation.gov. While the breach at Old Inlet is open, all check-in and access to both wilderness camping zones will be through the Watch Hill Visitor Center (when staffed). Watch Hill is only accessible by passenger ferry from Patchogue, or by private boat.

The Watch Hill and Wilderness camping experiences require that you walk your gear at least ½ mile from the ferry dock or hike at least 1½ - 5 miles into the designated wilderness.

Smith Point County Park is the only place on Fire Island where you may drive your camper or trailer to the site. Limited outer beach camping at Smith Point County Park may also be available for self-contained units, but tents are not allowed on the beach. You may contact the county park directly for more information or reservations.


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For your safety, watch for poison ivy and always be prepared for ticks or mosquitoes, which at times can be abundant!

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Two boats side-by-side on the water.

Many boating accidents and drownings are alcohol-related. National Park Service rangers and other officers conduct safe boating checks and enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws on the Great South Bay. More...