• 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.


Where can I take my dog?

Pets are restricted March 15 through Labor Day on Fire Island National Seashore's ocean beaches and in the Fire Island Wilderness.

When ocean beaches are closed to pets, your leashed pet can still join you in some areas.

On Ferries and Water Taxis

At Fire Island National Seashore Facilities

  • On park boardwalks
  • On bayside beaches at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Sailors Haven, Talisman/Barrett Beach, and Watch Hill.
    (Low tide is best, but not all bayside shorelines are suitable for a stroll.)
  • On your boat in the park's concession-operated Sailors Haven Marina or Watch Hill Marina.
  • In the concession-operated Watch Hill Campground (but they may not be left unattended)

Please Note
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 ticks (which may transmit Lyme disease), poison ivy (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 wildlife 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.

Did You Know?

Winter Backpacker in Fire Island Wilderness.

The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness was named for New York Congressman Otis G. Pike, who served from 1961-79, and co-sponsored the bill to create Fire Island National Seashore in 1964. The Fire Island Wilderness was designated in 1980. More...