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 »
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.
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. Additional fees are charged by a park concessioner, Fire Island Concessions, LLC, for use of the marina at Sailors Haven.
The ferry from Patchogue to Watch Hill provides free parking at this time. For ferry rates and schedules, please see Davis Park Ferry Company.
Did You Know?
Seventeen pre-existing communities remain inside the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. Some early supporters of the national seashore were interested in its establishment to ensure that a proposed parkway down the middle of Fire Island would not be constructed. More...