• 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.

Getting to Fire Island

By Public Ferry
Most people get onto Fire Island and Fire Island National Seashore facilities by boat. Ferries to Fire Island are passenger ferries only and depart from the following locations:

  • Patchogue (Davis Park Ferry) to Watch Hill (and to community of Davis Park from terminal at Sandspit Park)
  • Sayville (Sayville Ferry Service) to Sailors Haven (and to communities of Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines)
  • Bay Shore (Fire Island Ferries) to westernmost Fire Island Communities

Ferries operate on a full schedule during July and August, with fewer ferries in spring and fall. The ferry terminals on Long Island can be reached by car, bus, train, taxi or shuttle van.

For more information, check out: Getting to Long Island and Fire Island Portals


By Car
There are two bridges to Fire Island. You may get to two of Fire Island National Seashore's island-based facilities by car.

  • The Robert Moses Causeway on the western end of Fire Island leads to parking lots at Robert Moses State Park. From parking lot Field 5, you may walk to the Fire Island Lighthouse.
  • The William Floyd Parkway leads to Smith Point County Park on the eastern end of Fire Island, where there is also a parking lot. From there, you may walk to the Wilderness Visitor Center and the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness.

Parking fees are charged at both of these lots. There are no paved roads on Fire Island between these two point.


By Private Boat
Many Fire Island sites can be reached by private boat from the Great South Bay, with marinas at Watch Hill, Sailors Haven and some island communities. The bay is shallow, and boaters occasionally moor offshore near park sites. When on Fire Island, water taxis can shuttle you from point to point at some locations.

Did You Know?

Group watching birds near marsh and trees.

You might get to observe a number of birds on a ranger-guided walk at the William Floyd Estate: a blackburnian warbler perched on a tree branch, a woodcock flushed from the fields, or a bald eagle chasing an osprey with a fish over the salt marsh! More...