• 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.

Spring on Fire Island

Two deer, which appear to interrupt their grazing, are seen among thick shrubs of beach plum covered with white blossoms.
In May, the white blossoms of beach plum divulge the abundance of this dune and swale shrub. Take a closer look, and you may catch a glimpse of deer browsing among the native vegetation.
 
Before Memorial Day, the air can still be chilly and the weather is somewhat unpredictable so dressing in layers is recommended. Ferry service to Sailors Haven and Watch Hill does not begin until mid-May, but you can easily walk in from nearby communities where ferries are operating on a limited schedule.

School groups are venturing out to the park and education programs are underway at park sites. The Watch Hill campground opens mid- to late May and offers family sites and one organized group site.
 

Did You Know?

Group walks down the island behind the dunes.

The 4-day Fire Island Trek began as a special event in September, 2004, in celebration of Fire Island National Seashore's 40th anniversary. The program has been continued as a means to showcase the variety of resources and recreational and educational opportunities that exist on Fire Island. More...