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 »
Permits for Special Events & Activities
The National Park Service is directed to to conserve park resources "unimpaired" for the enjoyment of future generations. Therefore, any activities that would cause derogation of or detract from the values and purposes for which a park has been established cannot be allowed.
Fire Island National Seashore was established in September 1964 (Public Law 88-587) for the purposes of "conserving and preserving for the use of future generations certain relatively unspoiled and undeveloped beaches, dunes, and other natural features within Suffolk County, New York, which possess high values to the Nation, as examples of unspoiled areas of great natural beauty in close proximity to large concentrations of urban populations."
Providing opportunities for appropriate public enjoyment is an important part of the National Park Service mission. Approval of any special uses of the park—unrelated to public enjoyment—may be allowed if not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation. However, the National Park Service can only allow uses that are (1) appropriate to the purpose for which the park was established, and (2) can be sustained without causing unacceptable impacts.
Please keep these requirements in mind if you are considering a request for special use of facilities or resources at Fire Island National Seashore.
Special Park Uses
A special park use is defined as an activity that takes place in a park area, and that
Appropriate Permit Conditions are imposed for Special Use Permits for Public Gatherings.
A non-refundable application fee is required. Additional administrative, location and/or cost recovery fees may also be charged.
For More Information
If you are unsure if your event will need a special use permit, please contact the park's Special Park Uses Coordinator:
It is important to remember that a permit is a legally binding document between the permitted applicant and the United States of America. Because of this, liability insurance is required with all special use permits.
Did You Know?
In the mid-1970s, Fire Island's deer herd consisted of only about 50 white-tailed deer. By 2005, the number was estimated to be 500-700 deer. More...