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.
The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series
The National Park Service participates in the sale of the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series. Since there are no park entrance fees and the park's campground is operated by a concessioner, none of these passes provide discounts or cost savings at Fire Island National Seashore.
As a convenience for visits to other national parks that charge entrance fees, three of these passes - the Senior Pass, Access Pass, and Annual Pass for U. S. Military - may be obtained at Fire Island National Seashore park headquarters in Patchogue during normal office hours.
Please remember to bring your check or a $10 money order if you're obtaining the Senior Pass at this office.
Annual Pass ($80)
Please note: this pass is not for sale at Fire Island National Seashore. This is an annual admission pass which replaces the Golden Eagle Passport and National Parks Pass. This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee. This pass can be obtained by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747), or online at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.
Annual Pass for Military (Free)
To honor our active military personnel and dependents, admission is free at sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. It is available to active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).
Senior Pass ($10)
This is a lifetime admission and discount pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or over. This pass does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
Access Pass (Free)
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by federal agency such as the Veterans Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. This pass does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
Volunteer Pass (Free)
This pass is for volunteers acquiring 500 service hours on a cumulative basis. It provides access to, and use of, Federal recreational sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of award. Please visit http://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer to learn about volunteering with the National Park Service, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 631-687-4780 to learn about volunteer opportunities at Fire Island National Seashore.
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...