5 Fun Thoughts about Fire Island National Seashore

  1. Fire Island is a barrier island located off the southern shore of Long Island, New York. The Island is a sought-after summer destination for its seclusion and its coastline of natural beaches stretching over 32 miles.
  2. The Island is undeveloped in many locations due to its status as a National Park, which was established just over 50 years ago in 1964.
  3. We are fortunate enough to be housed in one of the few National Park Service houses near Watch Hill that was donated to the Park Service.
  4. There are no paved roads on the island, meaning no cars for public use. So our only way around the island is walking along the many boardwalks that navigate the island.
  5. OH. MY. WILDLIFE. There is much wildlife on the island, especially near our location in the heart of the park. Everyday we see countless deer grazing the dunes on the beaches. Some days we are lucky enough to see a fox or two. However, sometimes the wildlife is a little too extreme. The mosquito population on the island is a little absurd. Having very little predation on the mosquitoes, they seem to flourish on the island. Often times in enormous swarms that attack relentlessly the moment you leave the door of the house until you reach the boat.
  6. Fire Island, according to legend, is said to have gained its name in two different ways; First, during the warmer months of the year the Island is covered in poison ivy which when sailors would see from a distance the shore looked as if it was on fire. Second, the island was once made up of five islands, however, after having the ‘v’ misinterpreted overtime into a ‘r’ the island took on its new name as Fire Island.

 

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Looking out of the ocean shoreline of Fire Island National Seashore.