• 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.

Leave No Trace

To keep the park and its beaches clean and healthy, Fire Island National Seashore embraces a Carry-In, Carry-Out policy.

By not having garbage cans on the beach, there is less of an attraction for sea gulls and other birds, which may prey on shorebirds and leave unsanitary droppings behind.

By cooperating with Carry-In, Carry-Out, you can help save money which may be better used to provide lifeguards, maintenance, rangers and other park services.

While camping, always practice applicable Leave No Trace techniques. (At Fire Island National Seashore, ground fires are not permitted, and other restrictions may apply.)

"Take only pictures; leave only footprints."

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...