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.
Where To Eat
The concession-operated snack bars at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven are open seasonally (mid-May through mid-October) at National Park Service facilities. Fire Island Concessions also operates The Pier at Watch Hill restaurant, open weekends during the summer.
If you're planning to visit any time between mid-October and mid-May, or on weekdays from Labor Day to mid-October and mid-May to late June, be sure to verify that food service will be available at your destination. If not, bring along your own food and drink. Most public restrooms on Fire Island are not winterized and thus are closed from late-October through early May.
Fire Island National Seashore is a carry-in, carry-out park, so please plan to pack out your trash. Also be respectful of restrictions in some communities where food and drink are not allowed on the beach or in other areas.
Expect to pay slightly higher prices on Fire Island. Numerous restaurants are located on Long Island.
Did You Know?
Many boating accidents and drownings are alcohol-related. National Park Service rangers and other officers conduct safe boating checks and enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws on the Great South Bay. More...