• 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.

Join Our Friends

Logo: Friends of Fire Island National Seashore.
Several active "Friends" groups are authorized to provide support for Fire Island National Seashore.

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:

Friends of Fire Island National Seashore
P.O. Box 504
Patchogue, NY 11772-0504


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:

Friends of Watch Hill
P.O. Box 60
Oakdale, NY 11769

Group of students follow ranger on trail.

Group of students participating in the 2006 "America's Best Classroom" camping program take a tour over the Watch Hill Nature Trail, which was resurfaced in donated plastic lumber in 2005.  

Other Partners

Fire Island National Seashore has also been a recipient of grants from the National Park Foundation. Donations made to this NPS partner have been used to provide recycled lumber for Fire Island's nature trails through the Unilever "Recycling At Work" program.

Did You Know?

Close-up view of pinkish sundew plants, bright green mosses, and spike-like leaves of other plants.

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...