Notice to Visitors: Watch Hill Marina Closure
A project to replace electrical and lighting systems, and adjacent bulkhead and boardwalk at the Watch Hill Marina will begin September 19, 2016. The Watch Hill Marina will be closed to ferry service and private boats through late summer 2017.
We appreciate your patience while the marina is under construction. Together with the Federal Highways Administration, the National Park Service is replacing marina components damaged by Hurricane Sandy. This project will make the marina more resilient to future storms.
Please look for project updates on the Watch Hill web page.
Wilderness Backcountry Camping
Reservations for wilderness camping (backcountry camping) and required permits for the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness area must be obtained online at Recreation.gov for overnight stays. A cost-recovery fee is charged for each reservation.
There are two camping zones within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, the "East" and "West" zones.
Access to both East and West wilderness/backcountry camping zones will be through Davis Park and points west as of September 18, 2016, Due to the wilderness breach and the Watch Hill marina project, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must be from Davis Park and points west. Access from Davis Park will involve a 2½ to 8 mile hike.
Call 631-687-4780 for more information.
You must be prepared for ticks, mosquitoes and heat if you intend to camp during the summer. For more information, see Wilderness Camping.
Additional camping opportunities are available at Smith Point County Park. Learn more about Camping on Fire Island.
Watch Hill Family Campground
Accessible by private boat or ferry, Watch Hill is located directly across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, and the campground is a 1/4-mile walk from the ferry dock. Campground is within walking distance of visitor center, marina, general store, ocean beach (lifeguarded during summer months), showers and bathhouse, nature trails, and Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness.
For fee information and a detailed campground map, visit Fire Island Concessions' web site at www.watchhillfi.com.