Plan Ahead for Travel
Watch out for the Bugs!
While Fire Island is known for it's pristine beaches and ocean waters, the environment can be a harsh place for campers. Moquitoes and ticks are very common on Fire Island and not being prepared can ruin your vacation. Salt marsh mosquitoes are prevalent on Fire Island and can be a nuissance throughout the warmer months, especially when large amounts of salt marsh mosquitoes hatch at the same time within 7 to 10 days of a full or new moon. Although salt marsh mosquitoes do not transmit diseases, these large hatches can chase off the most rugged of campers. When scheduling your stay, check the lunar cycle to estimate a large salt marsh mosquito hatch and try your best to avoid it. Learn how to Avoid Mosquitoes here.
By Ferry from Patchogue, NY
The Watch Hill marina and wilderness/backcountry camping experiences require that you walk your gear at least ½ mile from the Watch Hill ferry dock to the family campground, or hike at least 1½ - 5 miles into the designated backcountry wilderness camping zones.
Camping at Watch Hill is also accessible via Davis Park and points west. From mid-May to mid-October, taking the Watch Hill ferry offers the most direct access to both the Family Campground and backcountry camping. As services at Watch Hill slow down or cease in the fall, the Davis Park ferry may still provide access to backcountry camping. Access via Davis Park requires an additional 1-mile hike.
Please check for most up-to-date ferry schedule by calling 631-475-1665.
By Car to Smith Point County Park Camping
Smith Point County Park is the only place on Fire Island where you may drive your camper or trailer to the site. Outer beach camping is not currently available at Smith Point County Park. You may contact the county park directly for more information or reservations at 631-852-1313.