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.
A new reservation system for wilderness camping permits began on May 15, 2013, for overnight stays starting May 25, 2013. Permits have previously been available only on a first-come, first-served basis.
Any special events or activities that take place concurrent with a group's reservations for overnight accommodations must be officially permitted by the National Park Service. Plan to apply for a Special Use Permit at least 2 weeks in advance. Application fees and insurance requirements accompany these permits.
Reservations for tower tours, special interpretive tours and educational programs at the Fire Island Lighthouse are made through the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society. School and scout programs fill quickly.
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Did You Know?
Tiny rootlets of the American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and mycorrhyzal fungi hold together the grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Fire Island. You can help protect the dunes by not walking or driving over the beach grass. More...