Winter on Fire Island

Snow covers the dunes during winter at Fire Island National Seashore.
Covered in snow, Fire Island can seem more isolated, allowing for reflection and solitude.
Winter is a quieter, more peaceful time on Fire Island. The landscape is sometimes blanketed in soft, white snow with barren branches encased in ice glistening in the sun. If you're properly prepared, you can experience the stunning beauty of the seashore during the chilly season. Bundle up and join a ranger-led program such as a hike or bird walk, or bring your children to an indoor Junior Ranger program. If you visit on your own, keep in mind that very few public facilities are open on Fire Island during the winter, and those that are open usually keep shorter winter hours.
A grey seal pup rests on the beach
Most seals on the beach are merely resting. For their welfare and for your safety, never get too close or disturb them.

Winter is a time for wildlife on Fire Island. White-tailed deer sport their dull winter coats, snowy owls are occasionally spotted near the beach, and sightings of seals and are common.

Seals occasionally bask on the winter beach. Please do not get too close to seals on the beach or disturb them. Please report the stranding of any marine mammal or sea turtle to the nearest ranger, or call the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation hotline at 631-369-9829.


Last updated: December 3, 2014

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