Sportsman's ORV driving limitations
Due to the breach at Old Inlet, the sportsman's driving area is reduced to approximately 1¼ miles of the beach west of the Wilderness Visitor Center. Required permits may be purchased at this visitor center when staffed, for use through 12/31/2013. More »
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 »
Sportsman's Vehicle Permit
2013 Recreational Driving Season
A current valid permit is required for every vehicle driven on Fire Island beaches. Each Fire Island National Seashore permit has its own stipulations and requirements.
With a Fire Island National Seashore Sportsman's Vehicle Permit, $50/vehicle, offroad recreational vehicles (ORVs) are permitted to drive at certain times on designated portions of Fire Island National Seashore's beach as a means of access for fishing or hunting. * Smith Point County Park and Robert Moses State Park have separate recreational use permits.
Sportsman's recreational driving is restricted to the beach along the Atlantic Ocean on the south shore of Fire Island, west of the Wilderness Visitor Center (at Smith Point) to Long Cove (approximately 6 miles) between the water's edge and 20 feet seaward of the beach grass. Vehicles may not cross dunes, damage vegetation, or enter the designated wilderness area.
Permits for recreational driving may be purchased at the Otis Pike Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center on or after September 1, for use between September 15 and December 31. However, the beach may be closed to driving at any time due to high water or other adverse conditions on the beach. In 2005, no recreational driving permits were issued due to an overwash near Old Inlet. In 2009, the sale of permits was delayed due to beach conditions. In 2012, recreational driving was suspended due to the creation of a breach at Old Inlet during Hurricane Sandy.
For latest information, call the Wilderness Visitor Center at 631-281-3010.
The current rate for a Sportsman's Vehicle Permit is $50/year (check or money order only, made payable to "National Park Service").
You must possess a valid state drivers license and your properly-equipped four-wheel drive vehicle must have a current state registration.
A no-fee New York State recreational marine (saltwater) fishing registry is required for fishing.
New York State and federal permits are required for waterfowl hunting.
When you purchase your permit, you are also required to watch a 5-minute driving orientation video, where you'll be advised of the "rules of the road" and other safety and resource protection messages.
Did You Know?
At least 2.2 million people spend time within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore every year. Almost 800,000 people annually visit park facilities. July and August are the busiest months. Sunny weekends are the busiest days. More...