• 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.

Wilderness Facilities & Hours

Wilderness Visitor Center

Wilderness Visitor Center (adjacent to Smith Point County Park)
CR-46 (William Floyd Parkway)
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Phone: 631-281-3010

9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Wednesday - Sunday and Holidays
(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days)

No backcountry camping permits are being issued from this office.
Effective May 15, 2013, reservations for a required permit may be obtained at www.recreation.gov for overnight stays starting May 25, 2013. Check-in at Watch Hill for access to both the eastern and western wilderness/backcountry camping zones.


If you are visiting to obtain a Fire Island National Seashore permit, 15-minute parking is now available in front of the Wilderness Visitor Center.

For all others, parking and restrooms are provided at adjacent Smith Point County Park. (Fee charged for parking seasonally.)

Did You Know?

PWC passes a green channel marker in bay near wooded shoreline and salt marsh.

The use of personal watercraft (PWCs or JetSkis) is restricted within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. While not permitted at National Park Service facilities or near shorelines, PWCs may use the marked channels to access some of the Fire Island communities. More...