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.
For Your Safety: Around Wildlife
View From a Safe Distance
Please watch wildlife from a distance. Remember deer and other wild animals are not pets, and their behavior can be unpredictable.
Found an Injured or Abandoned Wild Animal?
If an animal is truly injured or in distress it's important to contact those that are trained to respond to such situations. Many of us care deeply for wildlife and standing by can be difficult, but the best thing we can do is give injured wildlife plenty of space and, if necessary, contact those with the expertise and required permits to handle wildlife.
When you spot a wild animal that appears to be injured, keep your distance and take a moment to assess the situation. If you decide to contact authorities, your observations will be helpful to them. If the animal is located in a Fire Island community, contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's 24-hour dispatch at 877-457-5680; if you find an injured marine animal contact the Riverhead Foundation's 24-hour stranding hotline at 631-369-9829; and, if you find an injured animal at a National Park Service (NPS) site, or are unsure who to contact, call 631-661-2556 on the west end of Fire Island or 631-281-3010 on the east end. The NPS 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.
Did You Know?
Seals occasionally bask on Fire Island beaches in winter. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance. Remember to give these wild mammals plenty of room to retreat if you encounter one during your winter hike! More...