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.
Location: Fire Island National Seashore: Wilderness Visitor Center | Map Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Irene Rosen Contact Phone Number: 631-687-4780
Fire Island is a spectacular place for birds and bird watching, especially during migration time, as migrant songbirds, hawks, and water birds touchdown to rest and feed before continuing on. Take some time on International Migratory Bird Day to learn some bird watching tips and techniques and experience the migration first hand. Practice using binoculars, learn to use a field guide, and how to identify birds in the field by sight and sound. This program is geared for adults, but all are welcome. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking boots; bring drinking water, insect protection, and binoculars if possible.