Sportsman's ORV driving limitations
Due to the breach at Old Inlet, the sportsman's driving area is reduced to approximately 1¼ miles of the beach west of the Wilderness Visitor Center. Required permits may be purchased at this visitor center when staffed, for use through 12/31/2013. More »
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 »
At Fire Island National Seashore, you may (and should) make advance reservations through the park's concessioner, Fire Island Concessions, LLC, for camping at the Watch Hill Campground. An on-line reservation system is available for individual campsites. Applications for the group site are still accepted by mail.
A new reservation system for wilderness camping permits begins on May 15, 2013, for overnight stays starting May 25, 2013. (Permits have previously been available only on a first-come, first-served basis.)
A portion of the slips at Watch Hill Marina may be secured before your arrival.
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.
Groups should make reservations for transportation to Fire Island National Seashore facilities by either of the park's ferry concessioners:
For programs conducted at Fire Island National Seashore facilities, contact the park's Interpretation and Education staff. The Fire Island Trek requires a reservation, as do most conducted activities for schools and other groups.
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!
To find more information about reservations for lodging, dining, and marina slips within any of the small communities that exist within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore, or in the adjacent state and county parks, you may find helpful links from the following pages:
Did You Know?
The use of personal watercraft (PWCs or JetSkis) is restricted within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. While not permitted at National Park Service facilities or near shorelines, PWCs may use the marked channels to access some of the Fire Island communities. More...