Camping Options: Trailer, Tent & Wilderness

  • Trailer and tent camping is available and accessible by vehicle at Smith Point County Park. Resident or non-resident County Green Key card passes are required to make reservations. Outer beach camping is not currently permitted at Smith Point. Phone: 631-852-1315
  • 22 sand sites are available in-season for tent camping and 4 glamping sites are available at the Watch Hill Family Campground, and are accessible by passenger ferry or private boat. A new camping reservation system through will be available soon for the 2019 season. Phone: 631-597-6074.
  • Wilderness/Backcountry camping is available in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness on the eastern end of Fire Island and is accessible via Davis Park and Watch Hill. Access from Davis Park requires an additional one-mile hike. Reservations are required, and can be obtained online through Campers must have their permit on hand at all times while camping. Campers must check in at the self check-in station located at the Watch Hill Dune Station.


Reserve Early

  • Reservations are recommended for Smith Point County Park, through the Suffolk County Park System.
  • Campsites at the Watch Hill Family Tent Campground are available to walk-ins on a first come, first served basis starting May 18, 2018 for $25 per night. A new online reservation system will be available soon through
  • Reservations for backcountry camping are required through

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.


Last updated: September 2, 2020

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