More Park Facilities Reopen During May 2013
Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas open May 10. Limited ferry service from Sayville to Sailors Haven resumes May 13 and ferries from Patchogue to Watch Hill start on May 18. Remaining park facilities to reopen by May 25, 2013. More »
Wilderness Facilities & Hours
Wilderness Visitor Center beside Smith Point County Park
July 1 - September 2, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday - Sunday and holidays
September 3 - December 31, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday - Sunday and holidays Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days
Wilderness Permit Office
Due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, no backcountry camping permits are being issued from this office.
Effective May 15, 2013, reservations for a required permit may be obtained at Recreation.gov for overnight stays starting May 25, 2013. Check-in is now required at Watch Hill for access to both the eastern and western wilderness/backcountry camping zones!
If you're obtaining a Fire Island National Seashore permit, 15-minute parking is now available beside the Wilderness Visitor Center.
For all others, parking and restrooms are provided at adjacent Smith Point County Park. Fee charged for parking.
Did You Know?
The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built at the end of Fire Island in 1826. Today, the Fire Island Inlet is more than five miles west of this foundation. You can see the remnants of the first structure when you visit the present lighthouse, constructed in 1858. More...