• 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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  • 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 »

Photography

Photographer on Fire Island.
 

Fire Island's scenic oceanfront vistas and colorful sunrises and sunsets over the ocean or bay provide great opportunities for photography.

The Fire Island Lighthouse is perhaps one of the most recognizable landmarks on Long Island, and makes a very patient "model" for your camera.

If you are engaged in any commercial photography or filming, you must obtain a special use permit from the National Park Service.

You may share your images on Facebook and Twitter, or enter either the park's annual photography contest or the larger National Park Foundation-sponsored event.

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society hosts an annual art show, usually in July, that includes local photography.

Want to learn more? Join a photography workshop on Fire Island. Check the Schedule of Events for dates and times.

Did You Know?

Close view of sand showing bands of colors: white, dark grey, and reddish purple.

New York's state gem—the garnet—may be found among the sands that comprise Fire Island's beaches. Due to differences in size and weight of the grains of sand, you may sometimes see ribbons of garnet and magnatite among the white quartz, as the sand settles on the beach. More...