• 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.

Annual Labor Day Sand Creation Contest

Mermaid created with sand, shells and seaweed on the beach
Mermaids were the subject of choice among first prize winners at both Watch Hill (above) and Sailors Haven during the 2011 Annual Sand Creation Conest on Fire Island.

Fire Island National Seashore holds a sand creation contest every year during Labor Day weekend. The contest is held at both Watch Hill and Sailors Haven. Entry is free and sign-up starts at 10 am. Three hours later the creations are judged by Fire Island staff. At 2 pm, an awards ceremony is held. Mark your calendar and join us annually to put your creativity and building skills into action while celebrating the end of the summer season.

All ages are accommodated through our age-based team system. The age groups consist of 5-7, 8-12, 13-17, Adult and Team (mixed ages). With enough contestants, first, second and third place prizes are given for each age group. Creations are judged based on creativity, effort, originality and detail.

Did You Know?

Fiery orange-red sun sets over rippled water, which relects the golden clouds above.

The origin of the name "Fire Island" has not been officially documented, and several theories exist. What do you think? More...