Sportsman's ORV driving limitations
Due to the breach at Old Inlet, the sportsman's driving area is reduced to approximately 1¼ miles of the beach west of the Wilderness Visitor Center. Required permits may be purchased at this visitor center when staffed, for use through 12/31/2013. More »
New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
Oversand Vehicle Operation
Motorized off-road vehicle (ORV) use is only designated in limited National Park Service areas. Where permitted, ORVs may be allowed only in locations where there will be no adverse impacts on the area's natural, cultural, scenic, and esthetic values, and in consideration of other existing or proposed recreational uses.
The National Park Service recognizes that motorized equipment operated in a national park "could adversely affect the park's natural soundscape and the flow of natural chemical information and odors that are important to many living organisms." (2006 National Park Service Management Policies, 8.2.3) The rhythmic sound of the breaking waves, the smell of the salt air, the sight of relatively unspoiled sandy beaches-these are some of the values for which Fire Island National Seashore was established.
Because there are 17 residential communities within the boundaries of the Fire Island National Seashore, limited driving is permitted by contractors, utilities and a small number of residents to support the maintenance of these communities. Such permits are tightly restricted and regulated. (See Off-Road Driving Regulations.)
Recreational ORV driving is permitted by the Seashore seasonally from the Wilderness Visitor Center to Long Cove, with a current valid Fire Island National Seashore Sportsman's Vehicle Permit.
As directed by Congress, the National Park Service collects a fee to recover the cost of administering permits. Recoverable fees are charged for permits as described in 16 U.S.C. 3a, 31 U.S.C. 9701, and National Park Service Guidelines for Special Park Uses. The following charges are established for vehicle permits and applications for Fire Island National Seashore:
* Please Note: For the first-time approval of a resident permit, you will also be charged a one-time $100 charge for gate key, stickers, computer set-up, etc.)
Failure to comply with the conditions of any permit issued may result in a fine and the loss of your permit.
For More Information
If you need more information regarding eligibility or application for an Oversand Vehicle Permit, please contact the park's Special Park Uses Coordinator:
Did You Know?
In 2014, America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, just a week before the establishment of Fire Island National Seashore.