New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
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?
Tiny insectivorous plants called sundews (Drosera rotundifolia and D. intermedia) may be found in the low moist swales between dunes in the Fire Island wilderness area. Sundew gets its name from the glistening sticky substance on its leaves that traps ants and other small insects. More...