• 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.

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?

Crowd of people form a line at ferry terminal building.

The Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal is a short, 2-block walk from the Long Island Railroad Station in Patchogue, New York. From there, you can enjoy a delightful 25-minute passenger ferry trip across the Great South Bay to the facilties at Watch Hill. (Open mid-May to mid-October only.) More...