More Park Facilities Reopen During May 2013
Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas open May 10. Limited ferry service from Sayville to Sailors Haven resumes May 13 and ferries from Patchogue to Watch Hill start on May 18. Remaining park facilities to reopen by May 25, 2013. More »
Pets on the Beach
From March 15 through Labor Day, pets (excluding service animals) are not permitted on Fire Island National Seashore ocean beaches.
This closure is made to protect federally and state listed threatened and endangered species.
Pets are also not permitted in Robert Moses State Park or parts of Smith Point County Park. Several Fire Island communities prohibit dogs and other pets on the beach. Please check before you plan your visit with your dog.
piping plover of the season is usually observed on Fire Island by mid-March. Nesting and mating begins soon after the birds arrive, and the first egg of the season can be expected by late April. Fire Island National Seashore begins installation of fencing to protect suitable plover habitat around the beginning of April. As nests are established, exclosures are constructed to protect both the nests and the eggs. After chicks have fledged, or flown from the nest, symbolic fencing is left up to protect suitable habitat for threatened and rare plant species, the seabeach amaranth and the seabeach knotweed.
Where dogs are allowed, please remember:
Always be considerate and pick up after your pet. Dispose of pet waste properly. (Don't bury dog feces in the sand on the beach.)
Did You Know?
The Floyd family left to the National Park Service more than 3,000 books from their family's personal library. A number of books were written by descendants of William Floyd, who lived in the house at "Old Mastic." More...