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 »
During the summer, Fire Island National Seashore provides opportunities for supervised swimming at two lifeguarded ocean beaches, Sailors Haven and at Watch Hill, which are both accessible by ferry or private boat.
NPS lifeguarded beaches are normally staffed daily from late June through Labor Day weekend. Additional weekend days may be added before and after the summer season if staffing and weather conditions permit.
The Town of Brookhaven operates a public beach at Davis Park, accessible by ferry from Sandspit Park in Patchogue (Davis Park Ferry), and the Town of Islip provides lifeguards on Fire Island at Atlantique Beach, accessible by ferry from Bay Shore (Fire Island Ferries). Few Fire Island communities have public facilities for swimming, since most beach users are staying in private homes or other accommodations.
Smith Point County Park and Robert Moses State Park offer lifeguarded beaches accessible by car. Both have large capacity parking lots (fee charged), changing rooms and showers, snack bars, picnic tables and a small playground for children.
Did You Know?
You can hike into New York State's only federally-designated wilderness area on Fire Island. Day trips into the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness provide an opportunity to sample the sensation of being miles away from civilization. More...