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Under the stars, near the sound of the surf, waking to a chorus of song birds, camping on Fire Island within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness can be a memorable experience. This wilderness camping experience is available by permit only. Permits are limited and issued for specific nights and number of persons within the group.

The wilderness is divided into two zones extending east and west of the Bellport Beach boundaries. The following limitations apply:

Eastern Zone: Maximum number of permitted campers is 12 per night with a maximum number of four campers allowed in each site. While the breach at Old Inlet is open, access to the Eastern Zone will be by hiking in from Watch Hill, a 4 to 5 ½ miles walk.

Western Zone: Maximum number of permitted campers is 24 per night with a maximum number of eight campers allowed in each site.

A maximum length of stay is three consecutive nights. Beach camping may be available from March 15 through Labor Day.

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The following rules and regulations apply to Fire Island National Seashore backcountry camping:

  • Check-in is required. Campers must check-in upon arrival at the Visitor Center during hours of operation. After hour arrivals must check-in at the Watch Hill Ranger Station or at the Visitor Center on the next day of operation.
  • Permittee is required to have two copies of their permit upon check-in. One is to be retained by the permittee at all times during camping; one copy is to be submitted to the National Park Service upon check-in.
  • Permittee must be 21 years of age or older and carry valid, government issued photo ID.
  • No camping on the primary dunes or within 20 feet of the toe of the dunes.
  • No open fires; camp stoves only.
  • Bury human waste in catholes dug six to eight inches deep and at least 200 feet from water.
  • Camp at least 300 feet away from other campers.
  • No camping within 1,000 feet of Bellport Beach and Old Inlet.
  • No trenching around tent.
  • No camping within 200 feet of piping plover exclosures or nesting threatened and endangered species.
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  • No camping within symbolic fencing.
  • No permanent camping facilities will be built.
  • No vehicle access permitted for camping.
  • No camping permits will be issued to hunters.
  • Carry in/carry out all trash and personal items.
  • No pets permitted March 15 through Labor Day on the beach or in the wilderness.
  • Camping permits only valid for the length of stay that they are issued for.
  • Contact Information

    Fire Island National Seashore
    Division of Interpretation
    120 Laurel Street
    Patchogue, New York 11772
    For more information contact:
    631-687-4780 (weekdays)
    631-281-3010 (weekends)

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    Information:  (631)687-4750
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