Camping

 

Notice to Visitors: Watch Hill Marina Closure

The Watch Hill marina is currently closed for a major construction project. In September, 2016, Woodstock Construction LTD began work on the multimillion dollar project to replace electrical and lighting systems, and adjacent bulkhead and boardwalk. The project will help ensure the marina is safe and more resilient to future storms.

Watch Hill facilities will reopen for the 2018 season.


Please check the Watch Hill web page for project updates.


Camping Options: Trailer, Tent & Wilderness

  • Trailer and tent camping is 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. The family tent campground at Watch Hill will reopen in 2018.
  • 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 points west while Watch Hill is under construction. Reservations are required, and can be obtained online through www.recreation.gov. Campers must have their permit on hand at all times while camping. Access from Davis Park requires an additional one-mile hike. Campers must check in at the self check-in station located at the Watch Hill Dune Station. Email us for a printable infographic on backcountry camping access during construction.

 

Fire Island Offers Three Options for Camping

Camping is available seasonally at the designated family tent campground at Watch Hill. This campground is currently closed and will reopen in 2018.

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. Please note that during the 2017 season, backcountry camping will require additional planning and hiking due to a construction project 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.


Reserve Early

Reservations are recommended for Smith Point County Park, through the Suffolk County Park System. When the Watch Hill family tent campground reopens in 2018, reservations will be available online.

Reservations for backcountry camping are required through www.recreation.gov.


Plan Ahead for Travel


By Ferry from Patchogue, NY

The Watch Hill marina is closed and access to both the east and west wilderness camping zones will be from Davis Park and points west, and will involve additional walking.

Davis Park is the nearest point to wilderness camping and may be accessed by passenger 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).

 
 

For More Information

Last updated: August 1, 2017

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Mailing Address:

120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772

Phone:

(631) 687-4750

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