• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • 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.

Sailors Haven

A view from the Sunken Forest overlook platform
NPS Photo/Sucena
 
Sailors Haven is home to one of the best known areas of Fire Island National Seashore—the Sunken Forest. It is located near the center of the island, across the Great South Bay from Sayville, New York. It is accessible by Sayville Ferry, private boat, and foot only.

The well-developed secondary dune system and rare maritime holly forest are among the natural features at this site.
 

In addition to a one and a half mile long boardwalk trail through the Sunken Forest, Sailors Haven also offers a visitor center; snack bar/convenience store/gift shop; picnic tables and grills; lifeguarded beach (summer only); a 45-slip public marina with electricity, water and a free boat pump-out station; restrooms and showers. (See this year's dates and rates.)

 
The Sailors Haven Marina can accommodate boats with a draft to 5 feet and a 15-foot beam. All slips have electric and water (extra fee charged). There is a 14-day limit on each stay. Reservations are not accepted at this time.


Pets
Pets are not permitted on the ocean beach at Sailors Haven from March 15 through Labor Day. You're welcome to bring your dog, but remember that this may restrict your options for enjoyment of Sailors Haven. Pets must always be leashed, and you're required to properly dispose of your pet's excrement.

Important Phone Numbers
(Seasonal, mid-May - mid-October)
Sailors Haven Visitor Center:
631-597-6183
Sailors Haven Marina, Snack Bar, Gift Shop:
631 597-6171
Sayville Ferry Service:
631-589-8980

Did You Know?

The uppermost level of a long bridge sloping down to the island is covered by a string of cars and vans.

You may drive to either end of Fire Island, and walk to Fire Island National Seashore from either Robert Moses State Park or Smith Point County Park. You should anticipate long lines of traffic on warm, sunny weekend days. More...