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 »
For Your Safety: Around Wildlife
Never Feed or Touch Wildlife
Fire Island offers abundant wildlife sighting opportunities. However, for your safety and the health of the animals, never feed or try to touch wildlife.
Feeding, harassing or disturbing wildlife is prohibited.
What should I do if I find an abandoned baby animal?
In most cases, what appears to be an abandoned baby deer (fawn), bird or other baby animal actually has its mother nearby, just waiting for you to leave.
The National Park Service policy is to rely upon natural processes to maintain populations of native plant and animal species. Park staff may intervene to manage individuals or populations of native species only under certain circumstances.
What can homeowners do about nuisance or dead animals in a Fire Island community?
To report an injured or dying animal on federal property, you may contact Fire Island National Seashore's dispatch center.
Within the communities on Fire Island, homeowners should contact New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to report dead or injured animals or to resolve issues with live nuisance wildlife —such as a squirrel or raccoon living in an attic or under a private home. The services of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator approved by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation may be required.
Whenever a consideration is made to remove any native plant or animal species, National Park Service staff are required to consider the broader impacts on native resources, natural processes, and other park resources.
Did You Know?
The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness was named for New York Congressman Otis G. Pike, who served from 1961-79, and co-sponsored the bill to create Fire Island National Seashore in 1964. The Fire Island Wilderness was designated in 1980. More...