While Fire Island National Seashore offers some areas where you and your pet may enjoy the park together responsibly, the National Park Service does not allow pets (excluding service animals) in buildings, on ocean beaches from March 15 through Labor Day, in picnic areas, or in areas closed for wildlife protection. Please note that pets must be leashed at all times.
During the summer, when piping plovers and colonial nesting birds are nesting, all stretches of federally-owned beach are closed to pets, and pets are not allowed in the wilderness area at that time. Your dog may walk with you on most boardwalks and foot trails. Pets are permitted to stay with you in the Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas and at the Watch Hill Campground. However, pets may not be tied to docks, boardwalks, structures or facilities, and may not be left unattended.
All pet excrement in public use areas or on the beach must be picked up and disposed of properly.
For the safety of your pet, the park's resources, and other visitors, your pet must be kept on leash and under control. Leashes must be six feet in length or less. With a leash, your pet is less likely to be exposed to (which may transmit Lyme disease), (oils can be transferred from your pet's fur to your skin, causing a rash), or other plants with thorns or burs. It also decreases the chance of a dangerous encounter with or other pets.
When you bring your pet to the park be aware of your surroundings. Respect the rights of others who may have a fear of your pet-even a friendly one. Remember to bring plenty of food and water for your pet, and never leave a pet tied up and unattended. Don't forget that the heat of summer and walking in the sand can be stressful for many dogs.
Rules and restrictions on pets vary in the Fire Island communities. If you plan to visit one of the 17 communities, Robert Moses State Park, or Smith Point County Park, please contact them directly for their current regulations regarding pets.