• 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.

Sportsman's Vehicle Permit

Off-road Recreational Driving
With a Fire Island National Seashore Sportsman's Vehicle Permit, $50/vehicle, off-road 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. Please note: 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. Driving remains restricted to approximately 1.5 miles of beach in front of the Fire Island Wilderness between the Wilderness Visitor Center and the breach at Old Inlet.

For the latest information, please call the Wilderness Visitor Center at 631-281-3010.


To Obtain a Permit
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?

Deer standing in thicket of shrubs.

In the mid-1970s, Fire Island's deer herd consisted of only about 50 white-tailed deer. By 2005, the number was estimated to be 500-700 deer. More...