Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Backcountry Camping
Reservations and Permits
Two backcountry camping zones are available within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, the eastern and western zones. Camping is restricted to no more than 12 people at a time in the eastern zone (with a maximum group size of 4 campers/site) and no more than 24 people the western zone (with a maximum group size of 8 campers/site). See Backcountry Camping Zones map.
From March 15 to Labor Day (when seasonal driving restrictions are implemented), backcountry campsites may be selected on the beach in front of the eastern zone or western zone, in areas where there are no restrictions or closures (e.g., for the protection of nesting shorebirds or other protected species, or where beach conditions are not suitable).
At least one member of each camping party must be 21 years of age or older in order to obtain a backcountry camping permit.
There is a 3-night limit of stay for wilderness camping.
Please be aware that you and your party will need to hike on soft sand 1 to 3 miles from Watch Hill to reach the western camping zone, and 4 to 5 miles from Watch Hill to reach the eastern camping zone. From the Wilderness Visitor Center, parties will need to hike approximately 2.25 miles to reach the eastern zone and 3.5 or more miles to reach the western zone. This is a carry-in, carry-out area. Be prepared for ticks and mosquitoes when the weather is warm!
Bring drinking water and all necessary supplies, and carry out all garbage.
If you have additional questions, please email FIIS_Information@nps.gov.
Know Before You Go
Between Labor Day and March 14, campsites should be north of the primary dune, in a sandy area with no vegetation, and at least one mile inside the wilderness boundary.
Water at Watch Hill is turned off on the last Thursday in October. Campers should plan according by packing in all water after this date.
There are limited dune crossings from the wilderness to the beach. No bicycles or other wheeled vehicles are allowed in the wilderness area.
No dogs/pets allowed March 15 - Labor Day (plover nesting season); at other times they are permitted but must be on a 6' leash at all times.
Take safety precautions for ticks and mosquitoes. Plan for quickly changing weather conditions.
Bury human waste in a hole 300 feet from water and 6" from land surface; no trenches allowed.
Leave no trace of your campsite: "Take only pictures, leave only footprints."
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Last updated: January 25, 2024