Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas open May 10. Limited ferry service from Sayville to Sailors Haven resumes May 13 and ferries from Patchogue to Watch Hill start on May 18. Remaining park facilities to reopen by May 25, 2013.
Enjoy a ranger-guided stroll to the breach at Old Inlet on Memorial Day weekend. William Floyd Estate house tours begin on Friday, May 24. Watch Hill and Sailors Haven visitor centers reopen May 25. Fire Island Lighthouse should be open by then, too!
Current Post-storm Public Access to Fire Island National Seashore:
Public parking and access is currently available through Smith Point County Park, located at the southernmost end of William Floyd Parkway. The Seashore is open to pedestrian traffic from the Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center(adjacent to Smith Point County Park) to the breach at Old Inlet, 1½ miles to the west. The breach is closed to all public access (boating, wading, swimming, fishing, etc.). People should use caution as storm debris may still wash up or become uncovered on the beach and in the Great South Bay.
Ferries are already running to the Fire Island communities, and ferry service to both Sailors Haven and Watch Hill will resume this month. Additional park facilities will reopen during May 2013.
No wilderness camping permits will be issued at the Wilderness Visitor Center while the breach at Old Inlet remains open. Effective May 15, 2013: Reservations for backcountry/wilderness permits must be made at Recreation.gov for overnight stays starting May 25, 2013. Check-in and access to each wilderness camping zone will now be through Watch Hill.
Boardwalks to the Fire Island Lighthouse were destroyed and have been removed. Construction is not expected to begin before summer.
The dock used by water taxis and other permitted vessels was damaged and is not expected to be repaired before summer.
Pedestrian access to the Fire Island Lighthouse from Robert Moses State Park Field #5 will involve a walk of about 3/4 mile along the beach through soft sand. The area known as Lighthouse Beach is no longer available as a clothing-optional area.
Tower tours and other programs will not be available during restoration work at the lighthouse and on the terrace.
Watch for additional closures due to new piping plover nesting habitat.
Until boarwalks are replaced, your walk to the Fire Island Lighthouse may include some beachcombing, too. Be prepared for a half-hour stroll from Robert Moses State Park Field 5 (if arriving by car) or perhaps a little longer from the community of Kismet (if arriving by ferry from Bay Shore).
Ride the ferry from Patchogue to get to Watch Hill.
Watch Hill Ferry service resumes May 18, 2013: Park at Patchogue - Watch Hill Ferry Terminal (free parking)at 150 West Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772; take the passenger ferry(2013 fares: $8.50/adult; $5.75/child one-way; $16 and $10.50 round-trip) Davis Park Ferry Company - 631-475-1665
Boardwalk and stairs at Barrett Beach are OK, but boardwalk on Talisman bay beach and stairs to the ocean were damaged and are not repaired.
Restrooms will be opened when electricity is restored.
Limited picnic facilities now available at Talisman due to winter storm damage.
The small picnic area on the bayside beach at Talisman lost additional sand during winter storms. Portions of the boardwalk were undermined and must be removed, but grills and tables will be reinstalled.
NPS Photos/Valentine, Dunphy
Join a guided walk through the Sunken Forest or take a stroll on your own.
Sailors Haven / Sunken Forest Ferry service resumes May 13, 2013: Park in Sayville(2013 daily fee at River Road Parking: $8/vehicle/day Monday-Thursday; $13/vehicle/day Friday -Sunday & holidays)and take the passenger ferry(2013 fares: $7/adult; $4.25/child one-way; $13 and $7.50 round-trip): Sayville Ferry Service 631-589-0810
41 River Road
Sayville, NY 11782
Wilderness/Backcountry Camping - Reservations for permits will be available throughRecreation.govonMay 15, 2013for overnight stays beginning May 25, 2013 Wilderness camping is limited to a 3-night stay, with a maximum of 4 people per site in the east zone and 8 people per site in the west zone.A limited number of permits are issued for each night. Check-in and access to each zone is now required at the Watch Hill Visitor Center, when staffed.
Camping is also available on Fire Island at Smith Point County Park -Call forInformation: 631-852-1313 Reservations: 631-244-7275