Fire Island National Seashore

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Fire Island National Seashore
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Fire Island Lighthouse-New York State-NPS.jpg
Fire Island Lighthouse
Map showing the location of Fire Island National Seashore
Map showing the location of Fire Island National Seashore
Map showing the location of Fire Island National Seashore
Map showing the location of Fire Island National Seashore
LocationFire Island, New York, United States
Nearest cityPatchogue, New York
Coordinates40°41′47″N 72°58′58″W / 40.69639°N 72.98278°W / 40.69639; -72.98278Coordinates: 40°41′47″N 72°58′58″W / 40.69639°N 72.98278°W / 40.69639; -72.98278
Length26 mi (42 km)
Area19,579 acres (79.23 km2; 30.592 sq mi)
EstablishedSeptember 11, 1964
Visitors384,343 (in 2014)[1]
Governing bodyNational Park Service
WebsiteFire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) is a United States National Seashore that protects a 26-mile (42 km) section of Fire Island, an approximately 30-mile (48 km) long barrier island separated from Long Island by the Great South Bay. The island is part of New York State's Suffolk County.

There are 17 private communities within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore including Saltaire, Fire Island Pines, and Ocean Beach. Only two bridges lead to Fire Island and the national seashore and there are no public roads within the seashore itself. The Robert Moses Causeway leads to Robert Moses State Park on the western end of Fire Island while the William Floyd Parkway leads to the eastern end of the island. The seashore can also be accessed by private boat or by ferry from the communities of Patchogue, Sayville, and Bay Shore on Long Island.

Fire Island National Seashore was established as a unit of the National Park Service on September 11, 1964.[2]

A separate unit of Fire Island National Seashore located on Long Island protects the home and estate of William Floyd, an American Revolutionary War general and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The William Floyd House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in Mastic Beach, New York.


Map of the Fire Island National Seashore.

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  1. ^ U.S. National Park Service. "Stats Report Viewer - Annual Park Recreation Visitation (1904 - Last Calendar Year) - Fire Island NS". Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "An Act to Establish the Fire Island National Seashore, and for Other Purposes" (PDF). Legislative History of the Fire Island National Seashore. National Park Service. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2011. PUBLIC LAW 88-587; 88th Congress; September 11, 1964
  3. ^ Santora, Marc (February 27, 2013). "Crackdown on Nudity Planned for Fire Island Beach". The New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Fire Island Wilderness - Fire Island National Seashore". U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved December 1, 2015.

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