• 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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Watch Hill

Aerial view of Watch Hill on Fire Island
NPS Photo/Stewart

Watch Hill is located on the western edge of the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, directly across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, Long Island. It is accessible by Watch Hill Ferry, private boat, and foot only. The Watch Hill area offers a visitor center, a family campground, ranger-led interpretive programs (including guided canoe trips), a 183-slip transient marina with water, electric, and pump-out station; a small convenience store, snack bar, self-guiding nature trail, picnic area, lifeguarded beach (summer only), restrooms, bathhouse, and pay phones.

The Pier at Watch Hill, a concession-operated full service restaurant with seating for 90, accepts reservations and transient dockage is available for patrons.

The Watch Hill General Store and Snack Bar are open daily mid-May through mid-September, then weekends through mid-October.

The Watch Hill Marina can accommodate boats with a draft to 5 feet and a 10- to 13-foot beam. A few slips can handle up to 20-foot wide vessels. Most slips have water and 50 amp electricity (125 volt and 250 volt; extra fee charged). There is a 14-day limit on each stay. Limited reservations will be accepted by phone at 631-597-3109 on the day of arrival, after 8:30 a.m. (See this year's dates and rates.)

Woman walking on boardwalk with two dogs on leashes.

Pets must always be leashed, and you should be prepared to pick up after your pet.

Share the Beach

Watch Hill is a relatively pet-friendly site. However, during most summers piping plovers nest near the Watch Hill beach, and additional restrictions on pets and the use of kites may be enforced from early summer through mid-August. Pets are never allowed on lifeguarded beaches.

You may walk your dog on the trails at Watch Hill or on the bay beach, but please remember: Pets must always be leashed.


Important Phone Numbers:
(Seasonal, mid-May — mid-October)
Watch Hill Visitor Center:
Watch Hill Ranger Station:

Watch Hill Campground:

Watch Hill Marina, Snack Bar and Store:

The Pier at Watch Hill Restaurant:

Watch Hill Ferry Service:

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...