• 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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  • 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.

Fees & Reservations

While there are no entrance fees for Fire Island National Seashore, you must plan to pay parking and/or transportation fees in order to get to most parts of Fire Island.

Fire Island Lighthouse
To get to the Fire Island Lighthouse, on the western end of the national seashore, you must either park at Robert Moses State Park which charges a fee in season, or walk from the nearest community of Kismet. To get to Kismet, you'll need to pay for parking and ferry transportation from Fire Island Ferries in Bay Shore.

Interpretive and educational program fees are charged by one of the park's cooperating associations, the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.

To visit the Wilderness Visitor Center, on the eastern end of the park, you must park at Smith Point County Park which also charges a parking fee in season.

Suffolk County residents may purchase a Green Key card from the County, which provides reduced fees for park activities in Suffolk County Parks. Non-residents must purchase a Green Key to make camping reservations at Smith Point County Park. Please call 631-854-4949 for more information on Green Key cards.

Sailors Haven
To get to Sailors Haven from Sayville, expect to pay for parking in addition to your ferry fares. For parking and ferry information, please see Sayville Ferry Service.

If you are traveling to Sailors Haven by private boat, please check Fire Island Concessions, LLC marina rates.

Watch Hill
The ferry from Patchogue to Watch Hill provides free parking at this time. For ferry rates and schedules, please see Davis Park Ferry Company.

Additional fees are charged by a park concessioner, Fire Island Concessions, LLC, for use of the marina at Watch Hill, and for the family campground at Watch Hill. Fire Island Concessions manages reservations for the Watch Hill Campground, which usually fills early for summer weekends.

Reservations for wilderness/backcountry camping must be made through www.recreation.gov, and a cost recovery fee will be charged for each permit.


Fees are charged for permits associated with several other activities within park boundaries.

Did You Know?

Ranger presents talk to group on beach.

A variety of ranger-guided programs are offered year-round at Fire Island National Seashore. Each activity provides an opportunity to learn more about the park and what makes it such a special place. More...