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.
Wildlife Photo Contest
Enter Fire Island National Seashore's Annual Wildlife Photo Contest
Thank you for your interest in our annual wildlife photo contest. We accept contest entries from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, and encourage you to share your work year-round on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Photographs must be:
Photographs that include the following will be disqualified:
Photographs may be reproduced by the National Park Service for publications including newsletters, brochures, the park webpage, and social media platforms. Photographs may additionally be used in official park press releases.
To Enter the Contest
Did You Know?
Seals occasionally bask on Fire Island beaches in winter. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance. Remember to give these wild mammals plenty of room to retreat if you encounter one during your winter hike! More...