• 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.

For Your Safety: Protect Yourself From Sun

Be sure you're protecting yourself and your children from the sun. The sun's rays reflect off the water and can cause long-term damage to your skin and eyes. You should apply appropriate sunscreen, even on cloudy days.

Remember to reapply after swimming. Wear or carry with you a lightweight long-sleeved shirt or cover-up and a hat for additional sun protection. Don't forget to cover or apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet, especially if you're strolling down the beach!

Wear quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection to protect your eyes. Beach umbrellas are recommended, but you'll have to carry them on and off the island with you. At this time, umbrella rentals are not available at Fire Island National Seashore beaches.

Drink plenty of water or sports drinks on hot days to avoid dehydration. Remember that caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, so drink fluid that will hydrate you whenever you're in the sun.

Fire Island's cool breezes often temper the effects of summer heat. However, you should recognize the signs of common hot-weather health emergencies—heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash—and take proper precautions to protect yourself.

For emergencies, call Seashore Dispatch at 570-426-2457.


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Did You Know?

View from the top of Fire Island Lighthouse, looking west over the narrow island to the inlet in the distance.

The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built in 1826 on the western end of the island. Today, Fire Island Inlet is more than 5 miles west of this foundation. More...