• 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.

Things To Do

Visitors walk the Fire Island shoreline.
Visitors walk the Fire Island shoreline as the summer sun sets.
Fire Island is a magical place that has provided fond memories for generations of people who have lived, worked or played on the island.

If You Have One Day
You can enjoy sightseeing, hiking, and wildlife-viewing on nature trails and along entire seashore and grounds of William Floyd Estate. Canoeing, boating, and fishing are a few of the water-based activities you may find in Great South Bay, along salt marshes, between Watch Hill and Smith Point. Interpretive programs are offered at all sites, although schedules vary by season. Be sure to check the Schedule of Events before you visit.

With More Time
A small walk-in campground is located at Watch Hill beyond the marina and behind the dunes. It is available from mid-May through mid-October. Wilderness camping in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness is available all year, but heat and abundant ticks and mosquitoes make this a less desirable option during the summer. Learn more about Camping on Fire Island.

The marinas at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven are open from mid-May to mid-October. These facilities are operated by a National Park Service concessioner, Fire Island Concessions, LLC.

Plan for Travel Time
Logistics on Fire Island can be quite complicated, so be sure to review ferry schedules in advance. Ferries run regularly to the island in the summer months but are limited in the off-season. A water taxi provides service between island communities and park locations. See Directions for park access information.

Did You Know?

Piping plover on beach.

The piping plover is a federally threatened and New York State endangered species. It may be delisted when a total of 575 breeding pairs can be maintained in New York and New Jersey for five years. Fire Island National Seashore is currently the home of 15 - 20 nesting pairs of these shorebirds. More...