The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness now contains a total of 1,380 acres and is managed by the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of New York. In 1980 the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.Contact Information:FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE120 Laurel St.Patchaguo, NY 11772Phone: 631-281-3010Fax: 631-289-4898Watch Hill Visitor Center 631-597-6455 (July though Labor Day)Fire Island National Seashore Park Headquarters 631-687-4750
Fire Island NS Interpretation Division 631-687-4765PARK HEADQUARTERS120 Laurel StreetPatchogue, NY 11772Phone: 631-687-4750Fax: 631-289-4898Office Hours:8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Area and visitor center is located within Fire Island National Seashore just 60 miles east of New York City. Located on the eastern end of Fire Island, the wilderness is only accessible by foot. Parking is available in the adjacent Suffolk County Park, Smith Point, at the southern end of William Floyd Parkway. The western end of the wilderness is accessible from Watch Hill. The Watch Hill ferry operates from Patchogue, May through October. The wilderness area begins at the eastern end of the Watch Hill campground. The wilderness area can also be accessed by private boat by anchoring off in the Great South Bay and wadding onto shore or docking at Old Inlet or Bellport Beach.
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