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.
Join Our Friends
Friends of Fire Island National Seashore (FFINS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage proper stewardship of park natural resources, foster cooperative and mutual communication between the National Park Service, communities and user groups, and to promote environmentally sound access to all of the various aspects of Fire Island National Seashore.
The group welcomes more members and contributions to help fund additional services for visitors to Fire Island.
For more information contact:
The Friends of Watch Hill (FOWH) is another active organization focused on the visitors and boaters, and helping to take care of facilities at the Watch Hill area. FOWH members work cooperatively to maintain and operate mosquito traps donated by the FFINS. They have also reconstructed a damaged deck overlooking the Great South Bay, and plan to support many other programs and activities at Watch Hill.
This group may be reached at:
Did You Know?
New York's state gem—the garnet—may be found among the sands that comprise Fire Island's beaches. Due to differences in size and weight of the grains of sand, you may sometimes see ribbons of garnet and magnatite among the white quartz, as the sand settles on the beach. More...