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 »
Annual Labor Day Sand Creation Contest
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?
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...