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.
Some park facilities developed for overnight stays include small convenience stores. Watch Hill has a small general store where you may purchase some essential items and local newspapers. The Sailors Haven gift shop also sells a few convenience items, souvenirs and papers.
Propane tanks and flammables are not permitted to be transported on public ferries. You may bring such items on a private boat, or purchase campstove fuel, charcoal and lighter fluid at the general store at Watch Hill.
Snack bars are located at both Watch Hill and Sailors Haven, operated by Fire Island Concessions LLC. Bottled water is available for sale at the Fire Island Lighthouse.
Communities within a 1-mile walk of Watch Hill (Davis Park), Barrett Beach (Fire Island Pines), Sailors Haven (Cherry Grove), and the Lighthouse (Kismet) have at least one small store or market, open seasonally.
If you’re visiting the Fire Island Lighthouse, you’ll find a snack bar in season at Robert Moses State Park.
From the Wilderness Visitor Center, you may walk to the snack bar at Smith Point County Park.
Island-time hours of operation are not as extensive as you may be accustomed to, so plan your timing and expectations accordingly.
If you have particular dietary or medical needs, or if you’re just persnickety about what you eat or use, remember to pack those items and bring them with you on the ferry.
Did You Know?
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...