More Park Facilities Reopen During May 2013
Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas open May 10. Limited ferry service from Sayville to Sailors Haven resumes May 13 and ferries from Patchogue to Watch Hill start on May 18. Remaining park facilities to reopen by May 25, 2013. More »
Fire Island Lighthouse
For decades, the first evidence of land for travelers crossing the vast Atlantic Ocean from Europe was the Fire Island Lighthouse. Completed in 1858 near the site of its 1826 predecessor, the current Fire Island Light is still a beacon attracting thousands of people each year. With a focal plane of 168 feet above the level of the sea, can be seen more than 20 miles away.
The Fire Island Lighthouse is on the western part of Fire Island National Seashore, adjacent to Robert Moses State Park. The Fire Island Lighthouse area offers exhibits, a nature trail, interpretive programs and curriculum-based fourth grade education programs (school groups by reservation only). There is walking access to the Lighthouse Beach (no lifeguards).
FILPS conducts annual fundraisers to help support its work throughout the year.
On November 1, 1858, the light in the new Fire Island Lighthouse was lit for the first time.
The original lighting apparatus in the 1858 Fire Island Lighthouse was a magnificent first order Fresnel lens. That artifact-now more than 150 years old-is now back home and on display in the new Fresnel Lens Building.
The Lighthouse is currently lit by a DCB-224 Aero-Beacon, with two 1000-watt bulbs, which rotates in a counter-clockwise direction. The rotation gives the appearance of a flash every 7.5 seconds.
This light is currently maintained by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society as a private aid to navigation. The Society periodically offers Behind-the-Scenes Tours and other special programs to help you learn more.
The Fire Island Lighthouse is a short ¾-mile walk via boardwalk from Robert Moses State Park's Field 5 parking lot, or about a 1-mile walk from the Kismet ferry dock.
Did You Know?
The piping plover is a federally threatened and New York State endangered species. It may be delisted when a total of 575 breeding pairs can be maintained in New York and New Jersey for five years. Fire Island National Seashore is currently the home of 15 - 20 nesting pairs of these shorebirds. More...