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A Frosty Fire Island

A Frosty Fire Island

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The rising sun casts a warm glow across the cold, quiet beach, revealing a landscape at once foreign and familiar. Sand is firm underfoot, refusing footprints at its frozen surface, and the quiet roar of the wind brings with it an unwelcome bite. Only at the water’s edge is the briny smell of the ocean […]

Dazzling Fall Colors

Dazzling Fall Colors

December 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps to make summer’s passing more palatable, autumn throws quite a party along Long Island’s shores. Boaters have a wonderful perspective to see these fall festivities! We’re listing some great leaf-peeping spots; please note that access to some waterside sites may be limited to rowers and paddlers only. Don’t forget to wear your life jacket […]

The Lure of Change in a Familiar Place

The Lure of Change in a Familiar Place

December 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Constantly shaped and reshaped by wind and waves, barrier islands are ever-changing.  The complex interaction of sediment, waves, and currents results in a dynamic landscape and marine environment with formations like beaches, dunes, and spits shifting over time. The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness on the east end of Fire Island National […]

Dazzling Fall Colors

Dazzling Fall Colors

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps to make summer’s passing more palatable, autumn throws quite a party along Long Island’s shores. Boaters have a wonderful perspective to see these fall festivities! We’re listing some great leaf-peeping spots; please note that access to some waterside sites may be limited to rowers and paddlers only. Don’t forget to wear your life jacket […]

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: Do you love boating with your dog? Do you know how important dog life vests are? I learned it is very important not only to protect your pet from drowning but also to prevent injuring yourself if Fido falls overboard. It is true that many dogs are natural swimmers but that doesn’t mean […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor: It was not the work of a single person that led to the establishment of Fire Island National Seashore; it was the passion and dedication of many. In the early 1960s, residents and visitors came together to protect what they loved about Fire Island — its rolling dunes and pristine beaches and its […]

Autumn on Display

Autumn on Display

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer’s end would be harder to handle if fall didn’t throw such a colorful (and distracting) party along our shores! We’re sharing some of our favorite spots for leaf peepers; as some sighting sites are limited to hikers or canoes, kayaks, and SUPs, be sure to check for parking fees and any necessary permits. If […]

Sailors Haven

Sailors Haven

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sailors Haven is a nature lover’s paradise. Whether you are looking to soak up the sun on a pristine barrier beach, explore a globally rare maritime forest ecosystem, or watch the sun set over the Great South Bay, you can do it at this National Park Service (NPS) site on the Fire Island National Seashore. […]

Circling Long Island

Circling Long Island

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An engaging and entertaining summer boat vacation is practically at your doorstep. A trip around Long Island is 250 nautical miles (which is not much more than visiting Block Island), and it can be completed in less than two weeks. While your pauses may vary, we’ve put together a fun itinerary of harbor-side stopovers. You can start this trip from any harbor and reverse our directions, depending on your starting point.

Fire Island Lighthouse

Fire Island Lighthouse

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Built in 1858, the Fire Island Lighthouse is accessible to south shore boaters.

Fire Island’s Old Inlet/New Inlet

Fire Island’s Old Inlet/New Inlet

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The damage to Long Island’s shores, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy, is extraordinary. The east end of Long Island has a sand shortage and there are ongoing difficulties surrounding rising tides and storm surges, compounded by the ongoing natural erosion that takes its toll. Fire Island was greatly affected by Sandy; its “Old Inlet,” which allows […]

Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fire Island National Seashore is a great place for the entire family to explore barrier island habitats and spot wildlife.