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
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.
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Fall 2014 50th Anniversary Events
Fifty Years of Fire Island Lecture Series Schedule
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, 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. Fire Island Lighthouse, 2:00 pm.
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, 2:00 pm.
November 23: Harold Stumme shares his experiences traveling the world's oceans as a Merchant Marine Captain. Fire Island Lighthouse, 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, 2:00 pm.
Please note: Parking for Fire Island Lighthouse is available at Robert Moses State Park, Field #5. Lectures will take place in the Fresnel Lens Building adjacent the lighthouse tower and museum.
Did You Know?
Tiny rootlets of the American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and mycorrhyzal fungi hold together the grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Fire Island. You can help protect the dunes by not walking or driving over the beach grass. More...