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 »
Getting to Long Island and Fire Island Portals
You can get to Fire Island National Seashore from a number of entry points and by various modes of transportation. Remember to allow enough time for Long Island traffic conditions. Always be aware of current seasonal ferry schedules if you plan to come or go by water.
You can drive to either end of Fire Island, but there are no paved roads between these two points.
Parking is available at ferry terminals in Bay Shore, Sayville, and Patchogue (daily fees charged), for access to most Fire Island destinations.
Ferries to Fire Island depart from the following locations: Patchogue, Sayville, and Bay Shore. Special one-day beach get-away packages are available during the summer for Kismet/Fire Island Lighthouse, Watch Hill and Sailors Haven.
By Private Boat
Did You Know?
The Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal is a short, 2-block walk from the Long Island Railroad Station in Patchogue, New York. From there, you can enjoy a delightful 25-minute passenger ferry trip across the Great South Bay to the facilties at Watch Hill. (Open mid-May to mid-October only.) More...