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.
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.
Help Protect Threatened and Endangered Beach Nesting Birds
A federally threatened and New York State endangered shorebird, the piping plover, nests on Fire Island's ocean beaches. During the piping plover nesting season, the National Park Service closes its ocean beaches to pets and kites, and further restricts vehicle access to the beach.
The first 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.
Did You Know?
Many boating accidents and drownings are alcohol-related. National Park Service rangers and other officers conduct safe boating checks and enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws on the Great South Bay. More...