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.
Fire Island 2-Day Trek
The Fire Island Trek is a two day, thirteen mile hike beginning at the Watch Hill Visitor Center and ending at the Fire Island Lighthouse. The Trek is open to anyone who can meet the physical demands of the program: walking 13 miles in 2 consecutive days, walking long distances in loose sand and being exposed to the elements including the sun, wind and possibly rain.
Limited logistical support is available, but you must pay for some meals along the way. A $85.00 fee is charged for this program to cover the costs of lodging, some meals, ferry and logistical support. Registration is required as space is limited. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Did You Know?
Tiny insectivorous plants called sundews (Drosera rotundifolia and D. intermedia) may be found in the low moist swales between dunes in the Fire Island wilderness area. Sundew gets its name from the glistening sticky substance on its leaves that traps ants and other small insects. More...