Early reservations are recommended, especially at beach sites. State park reservations can be made by calling 800-456-2267 (CAMP) or on the Web at newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com
For reservations at Watch Hill on the Fire Island National Seashore through mid-October, see watchhillfi.com.
The 1,380-acre Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness is the state's only federally designated wilderness area. You can hike there anytime and camp with a permit. See nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/fireislandwilderness.htm or call the Wilderness Visitor Center at 631-281-3010, or, in season, call the Watch Hill Visitor Center at 631-597-6455. Make your reservations for wilderness camping at www.recreation.gov.
Reservations for Suffolk County campgrounds require a Green Key card; information at 631-854-4949 and suffolkcountyny.gov/parks.
For remote camping, outer beach access is available to Suffolk County Green Key card holders at Cupsogue Beach County Park (west end of Dune Road) and Shinnecock East County Park (Southampton); information at the number and website above. For remote camping at Smith Point County Park (Shirley and Fire Island) and Montauk County Park, no reservations needed, but vehicle permits are required for self-contained campers. No tents allowed. Call 631-854-4949.