• 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.

Watch Hill Facilities & Hours

Watch Hill Marina and Facilities

Watch Hill Marina
Please visit www.watchhill.com for more information.
Phone: 631-597-3109

Watch Hill Family Campground
Sleep under the stars behind the dunes at Watch Hill on Fire Island. Twenty-six sand sites available for either two two-man tents or one five-man tent. Reservations are required; sites are selected on first come, first serve basis. Walk-ins are welcome but there is no guarantee that sites will be available.

Watch Hill Campground Rules
Watch Hill Campground Reservations
Please visit www.watchhill.com for more information.

Phone: 631-567-6664

Watch Hill Visitor Center (Wilderness/Backcountry Camping Check In)

Stop in at this National Park Service visitor center to learn more about Fire Island, upcoming ranger-led programs like the free, guided canoe tour of the Watch Hill salt marsh, and to check in for wilderness/backcountry camping. Backcountry camping is available by reservation only. Please visit www.recreation.gov for more information and to make reservations onilne.

June 28-September 1: Wednesday-Friday, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
June 28-September 1: Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm

September 6-October 13: Weekends and Columbus Day Monday, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Salt Marsh Meander Tours Weekends and Columbus Day Monday, 11:30 am

Phone: 631-597-6455 (seasonal)

Watch Hill General Store & Snack Bar
Please visit Fire Island Concessions for more information.

The Pier at Watch Hill Restaurant
Please visit The Pier at Watch Hill for more information.
Phone: 631-597-9060


Watch Hill Ferry
Please see schedule from Watch Hill Ferry Service
Phone: 631-475-1665

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...