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Fire Island is an outer barrier island protecting the South Shore of Long Island, New York, and is home to the popular Robert Moses State Park and the Fire Island Lighthouse. Nearly all of its communities, pristine white sand beaches, dunes, aged maritime forests, and historic landmarks are components of the Fire Island National Seashore.

Local Area Information

Fire Island is among the barrier islands running parallel with Long Island’s South Shore, protecting it from the Atlantic Ocean especially during storms. Approximately 31 miles long in total, it is the longest among the four barrier islands with a width that can be crossed in 10 minutes or less. West of the island are the Town of Hempstead’s Long Beach Island and Jones Beach Island (also partly in the townships of Oyster Bay and Babylon), and to the east is the Town of Southampton’s Westhampton Island.

Fire Island itself is under the jurisdiction of three townships. The westernmost tip, where Robert Moses State Park is partially located, is in the Town of Babylon. Immediately east, from the area surrounding the Robert Moses Water Tower to a portion of the unincorporated neighborhood of Seaview, is in the Town of Islip. The rest of Seaview — and Fire Island — is in Brookhaven Town.

Cars (except for utility and emergency vehicles) are not allowed to drive beyond the Robert Moses State Park for much of the year, and traveling is usually done by foot, bicycle, private boat, golf cart, water taxi, and wagon. Almost all of the island is protected as part of the Fire Island National Seashore, including its communities, pristine white sand beaches, dunes, aged maritime forests, and historic landmarks.

The island encompasses several small unincorporated hamlets and the two incorporated villages of Ocean Beach and Saltaire, both of which are in the Town of Islip. The areas outside the limits of those two villages make up the Fire Island census-designated place (CDP) with a population that expands to around 50 times its size during the summer, even more with the casual daytrippers.

About half of the communities are exclusively residential, while the rest have downtowns that offer shops and nightlife. One such community is Ocean Beach, Fire Island’s most populous village and regarded as its unofficial capital for having the largest downtown and is one of its most popular destinations.

General Information

Township: Town of Brookhaven | Farmingville, New York, Town of Islip | Islip, New York,

& Town of Babylon | Lindenhurst, New York

County: Suffolk County

Population: 777 (2020)

Classification: Barrier Island, CDP

LIRR Train Station/Schedule: MTA.info/lirr
The LIRR serves Fire Island via the Babylon Station.
Travel time to Manhattan, Penn Station is about
1 hour 3 minutes to 1 hour 19 minutes.

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Utilities:

Water District
Suffolk County Water Authority

Gas Company(s)
PSEG Long Island
National Grid

Electric Company(s)
PSEG Long Island

Cable/ Phone/ TV/ Internet Provider(s)
Optimum
Verizon Fios
DirecTV
Dish

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Beaches & Parks

The Robert Moses State Park is a beachfront location and one of Long Island’s significant tourist destinations, with almost five miles of white sand beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean. The park’s beaches are divided into sections and organized into Fields 2, 3, 4 and 5. The lifeguarded fields offer beach swimming, boogie-boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and surf-fishing, as well as private outdoor showers, restrooms, concession stands, marinas, first aid stations, and shops.

Fire Island National Seashore is a 30-square-mile area that comprises almost the entire island, from the Fire Island Lighthouse to Smith Point County Park, and all the small communities in between. It is composed of a number of park properties, including the Lighthouse, Barrett Beach Park, Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, Sunken Forest at Sailors Haven, Watch Hill, and the William Floyd Estate. Aside from beach swimming, the National Seashore offers an assortment of recreational activities, such as hiking and ranger-guided programs.

Fire Island Lighthouse is Long Island’s tallest lighthouse. Standing at 168 feet, it is over 50 feet taller than the Montauk Point Lighthouse in the East End of Long Island. Visitors could climb the 182 steps of the Lighthouse to reach the top and enjoy 360-degree views of sea and shore, and even the skyline of New York City in the distance on a clear day. This historic lighthouse still serves as a beacon that attracts people by the thousands every year.

Cupsogue Beach County Park boasts 296 acres of lifeguarded white sand beaches for swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, picnicking, seasonal special events, and some of the island’s finest saltwater bass fishing. Camping and recreational vehicles are allowed with permits along the outer beach access road, as is diving at the Moriches Bay side during slack tide. The park pavilion houses the changing rooms, showers, restrooms, concessions, and first aid station, which is EMT-staffed in the summer.

Among all the attractions at Sailors Haven, perhaps the best known and most fascinating is the three-hundred-year-old, 40-acre Sunken Forest, dubbed as the “Crown Jewel of Fire Island,” and considered as “globally rare.” This primeval ecological community thrives behind majestic dunes that regulate the forest’s height through the natural occurrence of “salt spray pruning,” and is never taller than the surrounding dunes and thus appears “sunken.”

Smith Point County Park is Suffolk County’s largest oceanfront park and a haven for beach lovers, surfers and water sports enthusiasts. It is home to lifeguarded white-sand beaches, and camping grounds with available water for all sites, and even electric hookups and sewers for many. It is also a great site for bird watching, fishing, picnicking and scuba diving, with available restrooms and shower facilities, as well as a playground for the enjoyment of kids, a restaurant that usually features live music, and seasonal special events.

The Schools

Students on the island attend Woodhull School in Corneille Estates, immediately west of the Village of Ocean Beach. Woodhull School is the only school in the Fire Island School District, serving students from Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. The Bay Shore Schools and the Islip School District are the two options available for middle and high school students.

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