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.
What's Happening this Week
Hurricane Sandy Impacts at the Fire Island Wilderness
Fire Island Lighthouse
Currently closed at least until Robert Moses State Park Field 5 reopens.
Hurricane Sandy Impacts at the Fire Island Lighthouse
Many dunes were flattened and boardwalks displaced by the storm. Hurricane Sandy heavily impacted all public access routes to the Fire Island Lighthouse, inlcuding the roads in Robert Moses State Park, where most Lighthouse visitors park.
Hurricane Sandy Impacts at Sailors Haven/Sunken Forest
Hurricane Sandy Impacts at Watch Hill
Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal
The Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal will reopen mid-May 2013.
For Routine Ferry Service to Fire Island National Seashore facilities
Did You Know?
Tiny rootlets of the American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and mycorrhyzal fungi hold together the grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Fire Island. You can help protect the dunes by not walking or driving over the beach grass. More...