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Fire Island camping

It's a ways out, but it's never too early to start planning for summer.  Please join the us for the first 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.

 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 Pier Restaurant. 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 about a 2 miles 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 the summer; 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

The permit cost $70.  This will be divided evenly amongst the participants.  Since there are up to 20 who can attend, the cost per person, will be de minimis.

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

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  • Ibrahim

    A friend of mine and I would like to join BLAZE for some of the activities on Thursday and Friday if there is a way we can reserve or can do that, please advice us.

    All we read and saw online is encouraging and making us excited about it. I have some work on Fine Art America. I can't wait to be in that campground place and transfer some of its beauty to the world through some images I taken Fine pictures are on art work and they are online for like to take pictures and videos. for the first time camper like me, What's something most people forget to get?
    Thank you very much

    July 20, 2015

  • XL-007

    I had a great experience with the group.
    Everyone's really friendly and nice.
    I wanna hangout with this group more!

    June 28, 2012

  • Shawn

    This was my first event with BLAZE and I found it to be very well organized. Everyone was really nice. As a late arriver, I definitely appreciated all the help (Todd & Dale) in getting things set up. I had a great time. Looking forward to my next!

    June 27, 2012

  • tristian l.

    Great beach camping trip, a little sun, and a lot of fun!

    June 26, 2012

  • Dale C

    Todd did a great thing securing the fantastic group campsite for us, and running the weekend. It was a fun, laid-back trip.

    June 25, 2012

  • Todd B

    Great time with a great bunch of guys. Thanks to all the new members who were able to attend. We will definitely be doing this trip again.

    June 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    ...and now we're told to be back at the office tomorrow morning for a meeting.... Can someone tell my company I have a life besides work??? Going back home with my backpack to unpack... sucks!

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Caught up in the office and it's not looking good, my boss just ordered pizza for the team. I'm still going to try and make the last ferry.

    June 22, 2012

  • Memo

    Ok. Thanks for the update. Just got back from backpacking in California. First time out there. Wow the weather is awesome...

    June 11, 2012

  • Todd B

    No guest until everyone that is currently on the waiting list has the opportunity to go. There are no trees, so I'm guessing that hammock camping will be difficult.

    June 7, 2012

  • Memo

    Still on. Currently backpacking up the California coast. Can we add guests later or do they count against the total 20? Also, is hammock camping possible?

    June 5, 2012

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