Fire Island Offers Three Options for Camping
Tent camping is available seasonally at the designated family and group tent campground at Watch Hill*.
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.
Reservations for wilderness ("backcountry") camping are required through www.recreation.gov.
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.
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).
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.
Last updated: October 13, 2016