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.
For Your Safety: Always Stay On Boardwalks
Many of the park's paths and trails are marked by established boardwalks. By staying on these boardwalks, you can help protect native plants and animals, and help keep some of the native flora and fauna away from you.
By staying on boardwalks, you help protect the plants that hold the fragile dunes together. Never walk on the dunes.
After rain, some boardwalks may be slippery so watch your step. Always wear shoes on the boardwalks to avoid splinters and cuts from nails.
Did You Know?
The origin of the name "Fire Island" has not been officially documented, and several theories exist. What do you think? More...