Campground Rules

By reserving a campsite or glampsite, campers and glampers agree to the following rules, terms & policies and the rules, terms and policies on the booking website:

♥ Please note that Campers and Glampers are reserving a specific Campsite or Glampsite but may change sites on a first come first serve basis if other sites are not reserved.   However, weekends are typically sold-out so, before changing sites, you MUST first check with our General Store.   Camping in a site without the appropriate site specific permit is illegal.
♥ Check-In Times
Campers may check in at the General Store between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Glampers may check in at the General Store between 3:00 PM and closing time.  Earlier check-in times are possible if your reserved Safari Tent is cleaned and ready for your occupancy.  There may be busy times when check-in could be later than 3:00 PM.
You will be issued a camping or glamping permit and it must be secured to your post at your site in order to camp or glamp.   Campers must check in or contact the general store by 4:00 pm or your reservation may be forfeited to walk-ins or wait listed campers.  Glampers should contact the General Store as well so we know when you will be arriving.   If you are going to be late and are still coming, please contact the Watch Hill Campstore by 4;00 PM at (631) 597-6074 and
♥ Check-Out Times
Please have all your gear off your campsite or glampsite by 11:00 AM on the last day of your reservation.  If you would like to extend your stay, please check with the General Store for availabilty of your campsite or glampsite or others.  We would love to have you longer but we cannot guarantee availability.  If a camper or glamper does not check out by 11:00 AM, they are subject to be charged for another day or other actions.   
♥ Periods of Stay
Camping and Glamping are limited to 14 consecutive days.
♥ Occupancy
Each tent campground site allows for either one family with children or five adults with either two 2-man tents or one 5-man tent.   The Group Campsite allows up to 40 visitors.   Single Queen Bed configured Safari Tent Glampsites allow up to 2 adults standard and up to two more cots for a total of 4 visitors.   Double Queen Bed configured Safari Tent Glampsites allow up to 4 adults standard and up to two more cots for a total of 6 visitors (extra daily cot fees apply).
Only marked sites may be used and tents may not be pitched in vegetation. Trenching, digging, or leveling sites is prohibited. 
Our preset glampsites are marked and come with Safari Tents in place and furnished.  Trenching, digging, or leveling sites is prohibited.   
♥ Under 18
At least one party member must be 18 years old. Camping permits will not be issued to anyone under 18.
♥ Fires
Wood and open ground fires are prohibited. Use only charcoal in grills provided, or you may bring a camp stove. Dispose of coals in proper metal receptacles only.   Cutting trees is illegal.
♥ Cooking Fuels
No flammables, including cooking fuels are allowed on the ferry. Cooking fuels may be purchased at the General Store.
♥ Pets
Pet owners are responsible for all of their pet’s actions. As per the rules set by FINS, for the safety of your pet, the park’s resources, and other visitors, your pet must be kept on leash and under control. Leashes must be six feet in length or less.  Pets must not disturb other campers or glampers.Pets must use marina pet comfort areas.  There are two dog rest areas, one on each side of the marina.  Pets are not allowed on Watch Hill & Otis Pike Wilderness ocean beaches from March 15 to Labor Day but are permitted elsewhere throughout Watch Hill and on the ocean beach at Davis Park.   Pets are not permitted in any sanitary facilities (including indoor showers). Pets are not to be left unattended at campsites or glampsites. It is the owners responsibility to remove and dispose of pet’s waste. There are only two pets allowed per campsite or glampsite (daily pet fees apply for glamping).
♥ Restrictions
Skateboarding, bicycling, and scooter riding are not permitted on the park boardwalks, stairs, docks or sidewalks.  Fat Tire beach bicycles are permitted along the seashore.  Cyclists may walk their bike to the campground.   Cyclists wishing to take their bicycle on the ferry should contact the Watch Hill Ferry or the Davis Park Ferry.    
♥ Sanitation
Dispose of all trash in trash receptacles, wash dishes only at sink stand, and please leave your site clean.  Bathrooms and showers are provided for Campers and Glampers at Dune Station, a short distance from the family campground.
♥ Generators
Generators and other power equipment are prohibited.
♥ Quiet Hours
Quiet hours are between 10 pm and 6 am Loud noise and audio devices are not permitted during quiet hours.
♥ Cancellations
If you have a reservation and cannot arrive by the first day, please email or call (631) 597-6074. Reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable.  As a courtesy, at our discretion and based on availability, campsite cancellations may be rescheduled for weekdays only.
♥ Individual Site Reservations
Individual Camping reservations will not be accepted via telephone, fax, mail or email.  Campers & Glampers must use the online reservation system at
♥ Group Site Reservations
Group Campsite may be reserved online.  Please note that bona fide not-for-profit organizations will only be accepted.  Given the unique demand for the group site we reserve the right to limit the number and duration of reservations from any particular group in trying to serve as many groups as possible.
♥ Walk-Ins
Depending on site availability, visitors without reservations may be able to obtain a site on a first-come, first-serve basis. Upon arrival at Watch Hill, contact the General Store to determine site availability. We cannot guarantee that walk-ins will obtain a site. If nothing is available at that time, walk-ins will be placed on a waiting list. When a site becomes available those on the waiting list will be notified via cell phone or by checking back at the store at 4:30 pm.
♥ What to Bring
For a safe and enjoyable trip, please bring the following items:


  • Wagon or backpack to carry gear from the ferry (the campground is 0.40 miles from the ferry dock)
  • Extra long tent stakes for use in sand
  • Charcoal or camp stove (charcoal & stove fuel available at store)
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen (available at store)
  • Insect netting
  • A sturdy animal-proof container for your food
♥ Activities
Visitors can enjoy a variety of self-guided activities, such as hiking (campground is adjacent to Otis G. Pike Wilderness Area), bird watching, clamming, fishing, crabbing, bathing in the bay and life guarded ocean beaches, and canoeing.   Food & Beverage services and programming including live music on the weekends are available at the marina.
Cancellation Policy Campsites
Due to our short season and how campsites are usually reserved far in advance, reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable.  As a courtesy, at our sole discretion and based on availability, cancellations may be rescheduled for weekdays only in advance or on a waiting list for weekends.
Cancellation Policy Safari Tent Glampsites   
Cancellation polices can vary across booking platforms due to varying policies of the booking platform and their configuration options but we seek to conform as close as possible.   Refunds or changes can only be made specific to what a partigular booking platform configuration allows.   The Reservation Cancellation and Change policies that you agree to and are bound to are posted on the booking platform where you make the reservations.   We primarily use Reserve America for booking.   On, cancellation for refund is allowed up to 3 weeks in advance of your reservaton date, changes are allowed up to 3 weeks in advance of your reservation date, and non-refundable $9 change or cancellation fees apply.  The $9 reservaton fee is non-refundable.  You by reserving on Reserve America, you are agreeing to the cancellation policy posted.   On occasion we may use other platforms like AirBnB.  Configured AirBnB policy would likely be different and you are advised to review and you agree to the posted cancellation and change policies.  
Laws & Policies Advisory
Please read the Laws & Policies advisory of the National Park Service and the Fire Island National Seashore here
Hold Harmless Clause   
You and your guests will take all necessary precautions regarding the campsite(s), glampsite(s) or any other equipment rented, and protect all persons and property from injury or damage. You and your guests agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the operator Love Watch Hill & Sailors Haven, Inc. , their officers, agents, employees, and stockholders, and all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereafter collectively referred to as “LOVEFINS”) , including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees and costs, from and against any and all liability claims and judgments of every kind and nature including, but not limited to, injuries or death to persons and damage to property, arising out of the use, maintenance, operation, possession, or rental of the items, tents, campsite(s) or glampsite(s) sites rented.
Visitor’s Acknowledgement of Risks
In consideration of the services of Love Watch Hill & Sailors Haven Inc. their officers, agents, employees, and stockholders, and all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereafter collectively referred to as “LOVEFINS”) I agree as follows:
Although LOVEFINS has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, LOVEFINS has informed me this activity is not without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death. LOVEFINS does not want to frighten me or reduce my enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to expect and to be informed of the inherent risks. The following describes some, but not all, of those risks.
Tripping, swimming, falling into the water, drowing, overturning of personal watercraft, slipping on wet surfaces, tripping on electric cords and hoses, electric shock from power pedestals and cords, severe winds, wind blown objects, falling objects, wave action in the bay and marina, tidal currents, ocean wave action and rip currents, boating, power boat propellers, diving in shallow water, glass, nails or other hazardous objects buried in sand, nails, screws and splinters in boardwalks, stubbing toes, climbing and descending stairs, objects protruding from marina bulkheads or other structures throughout the boardwalk and campgrounds, leaky tents, collisions from other vessels, burns from cooking grills and BBQs, adverse reactions from tick and insect bites, insect and tick borne illness such as Lyme disease, flooding, exposure to the weather resulting in sunburn, sun poisoning, dehydration and hypothermia, incidents with animals, birds and fish that are resources of the park, collision with work utility vehicles and visitor cyclists, incidents with pets belonging to other visitors, etc.
I am aware that LOVEFINS entails risks of injury or death to any participant. I understand the description of these inherent risks is not complete and that other unknown or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury or death. I agree to assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate, and I elect to participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks.
I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different from other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of LOVEFINS has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity.
I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death, or loss of personal property and expenses as a result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. I have carefully read, clearly understood, and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon me, my heirs, assigns, personal representative, and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.