3rd Annual Fire Island Camping


This is our third year for this trip and it gets better and bigger each year!  Check out the first and second year reviews and pictures here and here.

It's a ways out, but it's never too early to start planning for summer.  Please join the us for the second annual Fire Island Blaze>> camping at Watch Hill.  This centrally situated venue will give members a chance to enjoy a variety of activities, such as just lounging around soaking up the sun, doing some backcountry hiking (and possible backpacking), or indulging in the gay life of Fire Island at Cherry Hill and Pine Groove.

Available spots will be preferentially assigned to Blaze>> members who have been on a Blaze>> overnight trip before, or have been among the most active members of our group. All members who RSVP will automatically be put on the waiting list.

I will also schedule one or more social events as the date approaches so that participants can get to know each other a little better before the trip.

A little bit about where we will be staying:

Fire Island Watch Hill Camp Grounds:
First and foremost, this is
not back country camping
.  It is more like modified car camping.  The Watch Hill Campgrounds are located in the Watch Hill Section of Fire Island about 1/4 mile from the ferry teminal.  See the atttached map of Fire Island.  So basically whatever you can carry, drag, put in a cart, etc. for 1/4 mile is what you can bring.

For those interested in back country camping on Fire Island see below.

The campsites are only a one minute walk to the beach. The facilities include running water, grills, picnic tables, showers and bathrooms. We will be located minutes from the marina, visitor center, snack bar, Tiki bar and The PierRestaurant. There are a variety of things to do on & around the campsites site. Friendly dogs are permitted at no extra charge.

For those interested in hiking (we are a backpacking group afterall), the campsites sit at the entrance to Otis Pike Wilderness reserve,where you can explore miles of undeveloped beach, a natural barrier island ecosystem, salt marsh nature trails, back-country hiking, bird watching, 40-foot high dunes with roaming deer,wildflowers, deer trails, old bones, and many natural seaside artifacts all while savoring the solitude. It is one of the Nation's few federally designated oceanfront wilderness areas.

Fire Island Pines & Cherry Grove.

Also, for those interested in checking out the gayer side of the island (we are also a gay group afterall), the two largest gay resort destinations in the NYC area are a short, enjoyable  and fairly inexpensive water taxi ride away, or a long walk along the beach.

Wilderness Area Backcountry Camping

According to the NPS website backcountry camping (backpacking) is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness area. So if you would like to backpack, the campsite would be a good base camp and would serve as a back up accomodation in the event that you cannot get a permit.  If you are interested in backcountry camping, I would suggest calling the Wilderness Visitor Center [masked] (daily during thesummer; Wednesday through Sunday, year-round)

Getting There

The campground is accessible via the ferry from ferry terminal in Patchogue NY (this is not the same ferry that runs to Cherry Grove).  The ferry is accessible by Long Island RR or by car.  More on transportation as the time gets closer.

Cost

 There will be a $5.00/person charge to cover the cost of the permit.

Should be a fun time.  Hope to see you there.

 

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  • David

    Fabulous! Cloudy skies, rain and park rangers can't stop this group of awesome guys from having a good time.

    3 · July 23

  • Cesar L

    Had a blast. Some were rowdy and others were randy. What fun! Thanks Todd. Best Blaze F.I. glamping ever.

    4 · July 21

  • douglas f.

    Fantastic weekend! Loved every minute of it! Thanks Todd for throwing it together. One thing for sure... I was born to glamp!

    5 · July 21

  • Neban

    What an awesome trip. Great people, friendly,helpful and so much fun. Thanks Todd and Thanks Chaiyut for your amazing tent :)

    2 · July 21

  • Neban

    Awesome people, amazing level of organization!!! Loved every aspect of the trip!

    1 · July 21

  • Luis S.

    What a weekend! Guys, I posted some photos, feel free to tag yourselves. Todd, thank you again for organizing such an amazing event.

    4 · July 21

  • Adam M.

    Had the best time. Thanks, Todd :)

    5 · July 21

  • Ricardo

    So much fun!! Can't wait to do it again :)

    3 · July 21

  • Sergio M.

    Great trip! Thank for organizing, Todd. And thanks for the amazing pictures, Fernando.

    3 · July 21

  • Dan O.

    The best glamping ever! Thanks for organizing Todd!

    3 · July 20

  • Claudio

    Great first trip with Blaze. Amazing campsite and location, and awesome company. It was great meeting everyone and I'm looking forward to the next trip. Thank you, Todd, for organizing!

    3 · July 21

  • Chris

    thanks Todd! I had a great time. It was a great group and I look forward to more Blaze events!

    2 · July 20

  • Tony

    Thank you Todd for organizing!

    3 · July 20

  • Jose Carlos R.

    Beautiful sunsets, lots of laughter, rummy, walks, freezing showers, great guys.
    Thank you Todd !!

    4 · July 20

  • Todd B

    Also if you took photos, please upload them so we can all enjoy them.

    2 · July 20

  • Todd B

    Definitely the best FI trip yet! Thanks to all you guys for making it a great time! It was great to see old friends and to make new friends as well. Hope to see you all at other Blaze events!

    6 · July 20

  • MJ

    It was only one night for me but it was definitely a great time. Hopefully Next years event Wont fall on the same weekend as my run :)

    1 · July 20

  • Brent

    Thanks for another great Blaze experience Todd. It was great seeing everyone. Next time I won't be making vodka cranberry, nor will I be drinking vodka ever again haha.

    2 · July 20

  • Nate F.

    Polite weather, great company, and best of all, no mosquitoes. Thanks Todd for organizing yet another successful FI trip!

    July 20

  • William R.

    Thanks for the Invite guys! It was so much fun :D

    3 · July 20

  • Chris

    On the 7pm ferry!

    1 · July 18

    • Fernando

      Antonis and I are also on the ferry.

      July 18

    • Tony

      We are here as well. A big group.

      July 18

  • Luis S.

    Anyone else already on the train heading to Patchogue?

    2 · July 18

  • Ricardo

    Good news!!! The LIRR Strike has been averted.

    4 · July 17

    • Cesar L

      Bearer of good news! Thanks.

      1 · July 17

  • MJ

    What ferry are we taking: Davis Park or watch hill?

    July 17

  • Fernando

    I also just booked the Jitney. 3:15PM. I prepaid so regardless of what happens with LIRR, I'll take the Jitney back to the city. $15 isn't a bad deal.

    2 · July 16

  • Tarik

    I'm thinking of renting a car and leaving from midtown at 2:30 for 5PM ferry. And back in midtown at 7PM sunday. Cost is approx $125 per person if we have 4 people. Please reply to this message if this works for you and I will confirm once we get four people. If you have questions, you can call me at[masked]

    July 16

    • Tarik

      Hi Bill. Car is confirmed. I put the info in the spread sheet. Please add you contact info. Thx

      July 16

    • Bill W.

      Here's my number[masked] 9357. I'll add it to the spreadsheet soon.

      July 16

  • Ricardo

    I'll take the bus back. I just reserved a ticket.

    July 16

  • Tarik

    I booked a car and have one free seat. Leaving from Midtown east. Check the spreadsheet for more info.

    July 16

  • Frank A.

    Thank you Todd for your time and effort in making this event happen. It just seems that with every new day there is a new challenge in what's supposed to be a good time. I think it's best to open my spot for two other gentleman who are more adept at coping with adversity. I was really looking forward to this, but, some things can't be foreseen. Drats and Double Drats!

    July 16

  • Bill W.

    Anybody with a driver's license want to rent a car for the weekend? I'd be willing to split the cost.

    July 15

  • Todd B

    I just sent everyone an email about transportation options home from Fire Island in the event of a LIRR strike. Check your inbox. As always if your plans change and you cannot attend, please let me know ASAP. There are others who are interested in attending.

    July 15

  • Russ M.

    I'd go with the charter bus too!

    July 15

  • Shawn

    I'd be up for the charter

    July 14

  • Chris

    Agreed, charter bus sounds good

    July 14

  • Tarik

    Would be interested in the charter bus too. Sounds like a good return option for all the people taking the train in.

    July 14

  • Claudio

    Hey guys, I am planning on driving my car on Friday night -- leaving from around the Prospect Park stop on the B/Q. If anyone wants a ride, let me know! I can fit 3 other people in the car.

    Claudio

    July 10

    • Ben E

      Me +1 would love that!

      July 10

    • Joaquin

      Hey I'm on the south side of Prospect park. Have space for me?

      July 14

  • Bill W.

    Todd, Saw the email about the charter bus. Yes, Cesar and I would be interested. Sounds like a great idea.

    July 14

  • Russ M.

    Hi Douglas! If you can still squeeze me in, I would like to get a ride with you as well on the way back to NYC. Thanks.

    July 14

    • douglas f.

      Hi Russ... my 1 avail spot has been spoken for. Have a small car but depending on the amount of "stuff" if there is any available space it is yours. Best to have a plan B in place....

      July 14

    • XL-007

      Ok. Thanks Doug! ;-)

      July 14

  • douglas f.

    Meeting up with group as I will already be on LI and have space for 1 person on Sunday to come back to NYC.

    July 14

    • Tarik

      Hi Douglas, I'd like to ride back with you if you still have a spot. Thanks.

      July 14

    • douglas f.

      oakie doakie... prob better put ur name on the spreadsheet! see u friday!

      July 14

  • Todd B

    I just sent everyone an email with the planning spreadsheet that you must fill out if you are attending. If you didn't receive it check your spam folder.

    July 13

  • Chaiyut

    If we need the big tent that will fit 6-8 people, I will bring with me. I will need someone to carry it to campsite.

    1 · July 7

    • Todd B

      Yes we need the big tent. Joe and I will help you carry it.

      1 · July 12

  • Ricardo

    Just as an FYI to all of us planning on taking the LIRR. There is a possibility of strike as early as of 7/20/14 which would be our return date so we should keep an eye out on a plan B for returning home in case of emergency.

    July 10

    • Todd B

      Thanks Ricky. I'm looking into a small charter bus to get us back from Fire Island to the NYC subway system if it come to that. I'll keep you apprised

      2 · July 12

  • Chris

    Thanks a lot Todd! Is there a spreadsheet like last time? Thinking about bringing my own tent if that's possible...

    July 11

    • Todd B

      I just sent you Kris and Tristian an email with logistics

      July 12

  • Chris

    Hey Todd is there any space for me? I was in the process of moving so I couldn't confirm earlier... Thanks

    July 10

    • Adam M.

      Should there be a strike, I have room for three people (comfortably) besides myself, four with a squeeze.

      July 11

    • Todd B

      Chris I just added you.

      1 · July 11

  • MJ

    Hey guys! I'm planning to camp there on Friday evening because my running Club is doing our annual trans fire Island run. Would be it ok I stop by to say hi to the group? I might be only crazy one to camp and carry my stuff to run the next day but it's a pretty chill run. Haha.

    1 · June 24

  • Dave P.

    I have to bail out too. One of my co-workers just resigned and I have to provide coverage. The nerve! You guys have a blast!

    July 7

  • Noah W.

    Any updates for people on the waitlist??

    July 6

    • Todd B

      I sent everyone an email on June 8 asking people to respond if they were still interested in going. Those that responded I moved from the waiting list to the going list. If you are on the waiting list and are still interested in going, please send me an email. Thanks.

      1 · July 6

    • Tony

      Just send you an email again. Thanks!

      July 6

  • Doug

    My brother is getting married this weekend and I unfortunately cannot attend. Have fun!

    July 6

  • Greg

    I am very upset that I will have to miss this year's event. Last minute groomsman + wedding duties. Hope to see you all soon.

    June 23

  • Bill W.

    My plus-one can't make it, but I'll definitely be there.

    June 24

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