• 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.

Fire Island National Seashore Turns 50

Fire Island National Seashore 50th Anniversary Logo
On September 11, 1964, Congress established 26 miles of Fire Island as Fire Island National Seashore (Public Law 88-587). Today, Fire Island National Seashore encompasses marine and upland habitat, 17 residential communities, New York's only federally designated wilderness, and historic sites such as the Fire Island Lighthouse and William Floyd Estate. Visitors from near and far come to Fire Island to enjoy its beautiful bay and ocean beaches, a diversity of wildlife, and a variety of recreational opportunities.

Celebrating 50 Years of Fire Island
From September, 2014 through September, 2015, Fire Island National Seashore will celebrate its 50th birthday. During this year-long celebration, Fire Island National Seashore and its partners will host special events that reflect on the past fifty years and embrace a shared vision for protecting Fire Island into the future.

Please visit this page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information about events.

Fall 2014 50th Anniversary Events

Fifty Years of Fire Island Lecture Series Schedule

September 18: Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller presents, "Managing a Dynamic Fire Island," a look at the foundation of Fire Island National Seashore and the National Park Service, and the challenges to managing this special place. Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, 7:00 pm.

September 21: Shoshanna McCollum presents the making of her new book, Fire Island (Images of Modern America) and will follow with a book signing. Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building, 2:00 pm.

October 2: Spotlight on Fire Island's new Artist-in-Residence program. Fire Island National Seashore's first Artist-in-Residence and program coordinator, Dawn Lee, will introduce the Seashore's newly established program. Artwork created during the first two years of the program will be on display. Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

October 12: The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation will present "Saving Cold-Stunned Turtles," a talk on saving stranded sea turtles on Fire Island and Long Island. Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building, 2:00 pm.

October 26: Explore the natural changes caused by powerful storms like Hurricane Sandy during this one-hour "Storm Stories" presentation.

November 2: Park Ranger Joshua Reyes presents, "Nelson Rockefeller and the Road to Nowhere," a look at Fire Islanders' letters to Governor Rockefeller and their relevance to the establishment of the Seashore. Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building, 2:00 pm.

November 9: Explore the fact and fiction about the wreck of the Elizabeth in the stories left behind as told by volunteer, Angela Reich.

November 16: Hundreds of thousands of birds pass by the Lighthouse each year on journeys that link Long Island and Fire Island to the farthest reaches of our planet. Shai Mitra, ornithologist and expert birder, will lead this talk on the seasonal dynamics of bird movement along our shore. Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building, 2:00 pm.

November 23: Harold Stumme shares his experiences traveling the world's oceans as a Merchant Marine Captain. Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building, 2:00 pm.

November 30: Peter Paquette discusses the role of the Fire Island Lighthouse in the growth and development of New York. Fire Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens Building, 2:00 pm.

Printable Fall 2014 Lecture Series Schedule.

Please check back for the Spring/Summer 2015 Lecture Series Schedule.

Did You Know?

The uppermost level of a long bridge sloping down to the island is covered by a string of cars and vans.

You may drive to either end of Fire Island, and walk to Fire Island National Seashore from either Robert Moses State Park or Smith Point County Park. You should anticipate long lines of traffic on warm, sunny weekend days. More...