Fire Island Offers Three Options for Camping
Tent camping is available seasonally at the designated family and group tent campground at .
Year-round backcountry camping is available by permit only within the . The number of permits and number of people per site are limited.
campground can accommodate tents and trailers. County permits are required. Outer beach camping is not currently available at Smith Point County Park.
Reservations are recommended for the Watch Hill Campground, now available online through , and for Smith Point County Park, through the Suffolk County Park System.
Reservations for wilderness ("backcountry") camping are required through www.recreation.gov.
Plan Ahead for Travel
While the breach at Old Inlet is open, all check-in and access to both wilderness camping zones will be through the (when staffed). Watch Hill is only accessible by passenger ferry from Patchogue, or by private boat. Please check for most up to date ferry schedule by calling 631-475-1665.
The Watch Hill and wilderness/backcountry camping experiences require that you walk your gear at least ½ mile from the ferry dock to the family campground, or hike at least 1½ - 5 miles into the designated wilderness camping zones.
Prefer to drive? Smith Point County Park is the only place on Fire Island where you may drive your camper or trailer to the site. Outer beach camping is not currently available at Smith Point County Park. You may contact the county park directly for more information or reservations (631-854-4949).