• 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.

Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal

Ranger with little red wagon at Patchogue Ferry Terminal
 

Located at the head of the Patchogue River, the Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal is a key component of the transportation complex for Fire Island National Seashore. From this terminal, seasonal passenger ferry service is provided to Watch Hill and, by special arrangement, to Barrett Beach.

The Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal is located at 150 West Avenue, Patchogue NY 11772.

Fire Island National Seashore park headquarters is located nearby in Patchogue, at 120 Laurel Street.

 

Directions
Watch Hill Terminal Site is located at 150 West Avenue in Patchogue, New York, 11772.

From the Long Island Expressway (LIE or I-495), take Exit 61 S onto County Road 19 (Patchogue-Holbrook Road).

From Sunrise Highway (Route 27), take Exit 52 South onto County Road 19 (Patchogue-Holbrook Road/Waverly Avenue).

About 1 mile from Rt. 27, bear left. Cross Main Street, go over the railroad tracks, and cross Division Street. Pass the bowling alley. Ferry terminal parking lot is on your right.

Watch Hill Ferry Service
631-475-1665

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...