• 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 Know Before You Come

Aerial view of Fire Island
While you can drive to either end, there is no paved road down the length of Fire Island. Getting from one point to another, even a few miles apart, can be complicated.
 

Fire Island National Seashore is a complex and sometimes perplexing place to visit or live. Because of the logistical complications, an extra measure of planning may prove valuable in making the most of your visit to Fire Island National Seashore or to the communities within its designated boundaries.

You should be aware that you cannot drive from one end of Fire Island to the other, although some digital maps and GPS programs indicate that such a route exists! See Directions for more information.

 

Did You Know?

Aerial view of small community, Kismet, looking from the southwest, bay to the upper left and sandy beach to the lower right.

Seventeen pre-existing communities remain inside the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. Some early supporters of the national seashore were interested in its establishment to ensure that a proposed parkway down the middle of Fire Island would not be constructed. More...