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Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore.

For decades, the first evidence of land for travelers crossing the vast Atlantic Ocean from Europe was the Fire Island Lighthouse. Completed in 1858 near the site of its 1826 predecessor, the current Fire Island Light is still a beacon attracting thousands of people each year. 168 feet above the level of the sea, it can be seen more than 20 miles away. The Fire Island Lighthouse is on the western part of Fire Island National Seashore, adjacent to Robert Moses State Park. The Fire Island Lighthouse area offers exhibits, a nature trail, interpretive programs and curriculum-based fourth grade education programs.

The Fire Island Lighthouse is operated by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. The light, still owned by the United States Coast Guard, is now maintained and operated by the Society as a private aid to navigation.

Did you know?

  • Seventeen pre-existing communities remain inside the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. Some early supporters of the national seashore wanted to prevent a proposed parkway down the middle of Fire Island.

Learn more/get involved:

  • Learn more about the Fire Island Lighthouse, volunteer opportunities and actions you can take in your community; at

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