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.
After making it through traffic over that last bridge, into that last parking space, or getting on the ferry to Fire Island, you can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy your “island time.”
Remember to bring what you’ll need for your visit. There are no paved roads between communities, and there’s no land taxi service on Fire Island. A very limited number of year-round residents, contractors and other service providers are issued permits to drive on park lands for specific purposes. If you’re visiting in the summer, you should see few of these vehicles. National Park Service, Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau and other official use vehicles must not be expected to provide transportation between locations.
However, most park facilities are little more than a one-mile walk away from a small community. You may also call for a water taxi to transport you between designated sites.
The use of personal watercraft—PWCs or JetSkis—is restricted within the boundaries of the park except in marked channels to some of the Fire Island communities.
If you’re staying in the marina, you may use your inflatable or dinghy for access to other parts of the park or to neighboring public docks. For a fee, transient slips may be available at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven, and at some of the local communities and waterfront restaurants, but space is often limited. Off-shore mooring is allowed at this time without a permit.
You may bring your dinghy or shallow-draft vessel onto the shoreline in the park, but the boat may not be tied to public docks or boardwalks.
Did You Know?
In 1790, William Floyd - one of New York's four signers of the Declaration of Independence - was the largest slave holder in Suffolk County, New York, at one time. The 1790 U. S. Census indicates that 14 slaves lived on his Mastic plantation. More...