Sailors Haven

A view of the barrier beach from atop the secondary dune in the Sunken Forest at Sailors Haven.

NPS Photo/Sucena


A Centuries-Old Forest

Sailors Haven is home to one of the best known areas of Fire Island National Seashore—the Sunken Forest. It is located near the center of the island, across the Great South Bay from Sayville, New York. It is accessible by Sayville Ferry, private boat, and foot only.

The well-developed secondary dune system and rare maritime holly forest are among the natural features at this site.

Things To Do

Join a ranger-guided tour of the globally-rare Sunken Forest, seine in the Great South Bay, or comb the beach for sea shells. Explore the touch table and fish tanks in the visitor center or grab a snack or souvenir at the snack bar or gift shop.

In addition to a one and a half mile long boardwalk trail through the Sunken Forest, Sailors Haven also offers a visitor center; snack bar; gift shop; picnic tables and grills; lifeguarded beach in summer; a 45-slip public marina with electricity, water and a free boat pump-out station; and restrooms and showers.


Sail to Sailors Haven

The Sailors Haven Marina can accommodate boats with beams between 10 and18 feet with a five foot draft. The majority of slips are between 10 and 14 feet wide. All slips have electric and water (extra fee charged). There is a 14-day limit for each stay. Reservations are not accepted at this time.


Pets are not permitted on the ocean beach at Sailors Haven from March 15 through Labor Day. You're welcome to bring your dog, but remember that this may restrict your options for enjoyment of Sailors Haven. Pets must always be leashed, and you're required to properly dispose of your pet's excrement.

Important Phone Numbers and Facillities

(Seasonal, mid-May - mid-October)

Sailors Haven Visitor Center:

Sailors Haven Marina, Gift Shop, and Snack Bar

Sayville Ferry Service:

Last updated: April 2, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772


(631) 687-4750

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