Watch Hill

View of facilities and marina filled with boats.

Escape to Watch Hill

Discover Fire Island's most extensive salt marsh, the beauty of the barrier island's beaches and dunes, and the solitude of a seaside wilderness at this National Park Service site.

Watch Hill is located on the western edge of the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, directly across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, Long Island. It is accessible by Watch Hill Ferry, private boat, and foot only.

From May to mid-October, the Watch Hill area offers a visitor center, family campground, ranger-led interpretive programs (including guided canoe trips), a 183-slip transient marina with water, electric, and pump-out station; a small convenience store, snack bar, self-guiding nature trail, picnic area, lifeguarded beach (summer only), restrooms, bathhouse, and pay phones.

Sail to Watch Hill

The Watch Hill Marina can accommodate boats with beams between 10 and 18 feet and a five foot draft. The majority of slips are between 10 and14 feet wide. Many of the slips, 75%, have electric and water (extra fee charged). There is a 14-day limit for each stay. Reservations are not accepted at this time.


Facillities at Watch Hill Will Reopen in 2018

As soon as more information on marina and campground operations becomes available, it will be posted here. Please check back soon.

Watch Hill Ferry

Please see schedule from Watch Hill Ferry Service

Phone: 631-475-1665

Watch Hill Visitor Center - Open Seasonally

Stop in at this National Park Service visitor center to learn more about Fire Island, upcoming ranger-led programs like the free, guided canoe tour of the Watch Hill salt marsh, and to check in for wilderness/backcountry camping. Backcountry camping is available by reservation only. Please visit www.recreation.govfor more information and to make reservations onilne.

Phone: 631-597-6455 (Open Seasonally)

Watch Hill Marina, Snack Bar, and General Store - Open Seasonally

Please check back for 2018 hours of operation.

Watch Hill Family Campground - Open Seasonally

Sleep under the stars behind the dunes at Watch Hill on Fire Island. Twenty-six sand sites available for either two two-man tents or one five-man tent. Reservations are required; sites are selected on first come, first serve basis. Walk-ins are welcome but there is no guarantee that sites will be available.

Please check back for 2018 reservation information.

Wilderness/Backcountry Camping

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 Watch Hill. Access from Davis Park requires an additional one-mile hike. Reservations are required and can be obtained online through

Campers must have their permit on hand at all times while camping. Campers must check in at the self check-in station located at the Watch Hill Dune Station.

The Pier at Watch Hill Restaurant - Open Seasonally

Please check back for 2018 hours of operation.

Last updated: April 12, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772


(631) 687-4750

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