Fire Island Offers Three Options for Camping

Tent camping is available seasonally at the designated family and group tent campground at Watch Hill*.

Year-round backcountry camping or "wilderness" camping is available by permit only within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness*. The number of permits and number of people per site are limited.

Smith Point County Park campground can accommodate tents and trailers. County permits are required. Outer beach camping is not currently available at Smith Point County Park.

Reserve Early

Reservations are recommended for the Watch Hill Campground, now available online through Fire Island Concessions, LLC, and for Smith Point County Park, through the Suffolk County Park System.

Reservations for wilderness ("backcountry") camping are required through

Plan Ahead for Travel

By Ferry from Patchogue, NY

As of September 19, 2016, the Watch Hill Marina will be closed* and access to both wilderness camping zones will be from points west of Watch Hill, and involve a 2.5- to 8-mile hike.

Davis Park is the nearest point accessible by ferry. Please check for most up to date ferry schedule by calling 631-475-1665.

When the Watch Hill Marina is accessible, the Watch Hill and wilderness/backcountry camping experiences require that you walk your gear at least ½ mile from the ferry dock to the family campground, or hike at least 1½ - 5 miles into the designated wilderness camping zones.

By Car

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 (631-854-4949).


Camping Options

  • Trailer and tent camping available and accessible by vehicle year-round at Smith Point County Park. Resident or non-resident Green Key card required to make reservations. Phone: 631-852-1313
  • 26 sand sites are available in-season for tent camping at the Watch Hill Family Campground*, accessible by ferry or by private boat. Reservations are recommended, and available online through Fire Island Concessions. Phone: 631-567-6664
  • Wilderness/Backcountry camping is available in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness on the eastern end of Fire Island. Reservations are required, and can be obtained online through Check-in is currently available at the Watch Hill Visitor Center* (staffed seasonally).
Please see campgrounds for further information.

*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 began in September, 2016. The marina, visitor center, family tent campground, and bathrooms will be closed as of September 19, 2016 for the remainder of the season. The 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 check the Watch Hill web page for project updates.


Last updated: October 13, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772


(631) 687-4750

Contact Us