Visitor services are open 7 days per week including snack bar, restaurant & bar with frozen cocktails, camping, safari tent glamping and general store. Live Music and DJ most weekends including shoulder season.
2022 Shoulder Rates: -- $2.75 / ft Weekend & Holiday Rate (F,S,S) -- $1 / ft Weekday Rate (M,T,W,T)
2022 Summer Rates (June 24 - Sept 5): -- $3.50 / ft Weekend Rate (F,S,S & Holidays) -- $1.50 / ft Weekday Rate (M,T,W,T)
3 Day+ SPECIAL: 15% of total dockage (slip total only not electric or other fees) voucher for Food & Beverage for any stay that is three (3) or more days up to two weeks (this revised special replaces the weekly rate discount program. Does not apply for stays that include the 4th of July or Labor Day holiday weeks.
Free Dinner Dockage SPECIAL – FREE hourly dockage at Watch Hill for arrivals after 4:30 P.M. seven days a week all season long when dining or patroning our bar at our Whalehouse Point restaurant (or our food truck & tent bar while we rebuild). Weekend hourly slips may be limited in availability and are at the sole discretion of the Dockmaster. Does not apply to overnight dockage. Feel free to call ahead. Boater must pay first and present dinner or bar receipt to the Dockmaster.
Escape to Watch Hill -- Long Island's National Park Want the beauty, outdoors and remoteness of Montauk without all the fuss? Discover Fire Island's most extensive salt marsh, the beauty of the barrier island's beaches and dunes, and the solitude of a seaside wilderness at this National Park Service site.
A great family destination, Watch Hill is located on the western edge of the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, directly across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, Long Island. It is accessible by Watch Hill Ferry, private boat, and foot only.
From May to mid-October, the Watch Hill area offers a visitor center, family campground and glamping (safari style luxury camping in platform tents), ranger-led interpretive programs (including FREE guided canoe trips and seining for the kids), a 168-slip transient marina with water, electric, and pump-out station; a small convenience general store, snack bar, self-guiding nature trail, picnic area, lifeguarded beach (lifeguards summer only), restrooms, and bathhouse.
The Watch Hill Marina can accommodate boats with beams between 10 and 18 feet and a five foot draft. The majority of slips are 10 - 14 feet wide. Many of the slips, 75%, have electric and water (extra fee charged). There is a 14-day limit for each stay but reserve as often as you'd like. A limited number of slips are available for seasonal rentals. Book your reservation with us today!
SEASON SLIPS are available at Watch Hill. For more info - https://www.lovefins.com/seasonal-slips/
Whalehouse Restaurant & Bar – hasn't been more open! All Food & Beverage Services will be open 7 days per week with our Food Truck & Beach Bar Tent.
Live Music, Theme Nights & Programming in the National Park We have live music scheduled for most weekends summer and shoulder seasons and theme nights like Mardi Gras, Luau, 80's Night and Oktoberfest throughout the season.
FINS interpretive ranger guided programming such as seining, canoe tours, nature walks, hands on interpretive FINS Visitor Center and, of course, becoming a Junior Ranger!
Dogs are Welcome! Pets are not permitted on the ocean beach at Watch Hill or the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness to the east of Watch Hill from March 15 through Labor Day but are permitted elsewhere. They are permitted on the beach to the east at Davis Park (about mile walk down nature trail). You're welcome to bring your dog, but remember that this may restrict your options for enjoyment on the ocean beach at Watch Hill. Pets must always be leashed, and you're required to properly dispose of your pet's excrement.
Enjoy all Fire Island has to Offer but Affordably Water taxi service to western towns is available by request.
Sailors Haven and Watch Hill are two of the more affordable marinas on Fire Island without the resident restrictions of township owned marinas.
Boating Clubs We welcome all boating clubs and power squadrons and can provide catering and great value. Please contact us for special events.
Catering & Special Events We do special events from community socials, birthdays & anniversaries, non-profits, company picnics, boating clubs, graduation parties, and engagements to weddings. Please contact us for standard packages and more details.
Weekend & Holiday Minimum Rates
Single day advance weekend reservations allowable in Shoulder Seasons except for the 3 day minimum rate for Memorial Day weekend at both marinas and the 2 day minimum rate for Miss Fire Island weekend at Sailors Haven. 2 day minimum rate charge for reservations that include a Saturday in the peak summer season. Non-refundable 5 day minimum rate charges for 4th of July & Labor Day Holiday weeks. No exceptions. The 5 day minimum rates for the 4th of July and Labor Day weekends are collected upfront in full and are non-refundable.
Want to give a thanks to the boys at watch hill Steve ,John ,Joe and the girls at the food truck my wife and I where there from 10/8 till 10/10 this was the first time for Columbus weekend being there we had a awesome time the weather was great and everyone was really enjoying them selfs looking forward for next year
We arrived just before Columbus Day weekend, which is their last hurrah at the marina for the year. Had a fantastic weekend of food, music, and quiet walks on the endless beach. Do not miss this place, it's a gem. Staff is great, people super-friendly. Awesome facilities, and at a buck a foot off-season, can't beat it.
Great place to spend the summer and fall! Doug and Lee are awesome! Steve , Joe and John are the best! They make sure the marina is spotless and all boaters have a great time! Amazing crew of young kids working every day to make sure the boaters have ice and get into their dock space safely. The best marina for sure!!!!
Love Watch Hill Fire Island. Had a great time as usual!
Wish I could've stayed longer! Watch Hill is one of the great destinations.
Another great time at Watch Hill!
We had a great stay. The dockmaster staff was super attentive, the beach was excellent, and the neighbors were all friendly. Dinghies have to be kept at the bow of your boat and that makes all things dinghy difficult. Would be great if there could be an area to tie them all up
Fantastic place and people can’t wait to return!
Watch Hill marina is the best facility on Fire Island. The marina is very well designed and maintained
Great staff and clean marina. There is no restaurant there as it burn down some time ago… there is a food truck with a well stocked bar and live entertainment on the weekends with other activities well announced if you care to partake. Every time we go new friendships are made and we constantly look forward to our next trip back here….
First time at Watch hill. Staff is so helpful, people are friendly and the beach is awesome. Found my new place.
Great time as always! John, Joe and Steve run a tight ship. Always willing to help you out. Fun music and good food.
Outstanding service. Dock hands outstanding service.
Another great week at Watch Hill. John, Steve and the whole crew do a great job in making sure people are comfortable and have everything they need for an enjoyable stay. We’ll see you soon.
Great last weekend for the season at the beach...staff is awesome!! Some nights a bit buggier than others.
the dock is clean and well maintained the food truck is fantastic and even had live music saturday. it was great
This was our first time there. Great place and great fellow boaters!!
Beautiful stay beach is amazing.
Zero mosquitos this weekend👍👍. The band Buoy 34 was awesome. Great weekend with the family.
The staff is accommodating and helpful. The restaurant was great and of course the beach is beautiful!
We love staying here everyone is just so nice from Glen who doubles as the DJ to Joe who is always very friendly. We have been coming here since the late 70s and it’s changed so much mostly for the good. Food truck was great between the drinks and the food choices.
The staff at Watch are great very courteous and helpful, all the boaters are friendly and everyone keeps the place very clean,
loved it there! it is so breath taking when you are at the top of walk to the ocean. you can see everything- the ocean, fire island, the marina, the bay, and long island!!
This facility is the best marina on the South Shore of LI. It is clean, well maintained and friendly. The Dockmaster (John) was very accommodating. The food truck (while pricey) has amazing food and the woman working the counter (I never got her name) was just the best! She appears to really enjoy her job! I’m here again and the woman referenced in the above review is Merna! She deserves a lot of accolades!
Watch Hill during the week is calm and peaceful. While the food truck in the sand is a surprisingly good choice, it's a shame that the Federal Government has been so lax in doing anything with the burned down restaurant space. It's an eyesore. The only minor complaint is that the Wi-Fi service is spotty at best, and the signal is not very strong. In an era that is so Wi-Fi dependent, they would best if the service was upgraded, since cell service and non-marina Wi-Fi is non-existent. The staff remain wonderful.
Always an amazing time at Watch Hill
We loved it. We got a spot away from the music and the loudness. Love watch hill
Everyone we spoke to on the staff was amazingly pleasant and professing. ❤️❤️Loved the music at the food truck On Saturday night!!!
Very nice pleasant staff very polite and friendly would recomend to anybody
Thank you to Steve the Dock Master for accommodating 3 boats and got us to dock close together. Great guy and very helpful. His staff were great to. The grounds are beautiful, the store is amazingly stocked, the bar, bands , DJ and music was fun BUT the bathrooms are not very nice at all, don't look for any comfort there. The Beach is beautiful and all the pathways are newly renovated and easy to navigate.
It was an amazing stay largely due to the tremendous dockmaster’s!
First time at this marina and we will be back. Docks, electric, and water all in very good condition. Beach was nice with tide pools for kids to play in. Bar and food trucks were very good. Live music and DJ was a nice touch.
Another excellent stay for us at Watch Hill, we always have a great relaxing time here
STEVE WAS VERY HELPFUL TO GETTING A GREAT SPOT THANK YOU STEVE
First time staying here and all we can say is Great Marina, Great people, Great beach, Great Vibe!! Can’t wait to go back!!
it is so peacefull and serene we had an amazing time and made new friends cant wait to go again
With all of the five star reviews, We don't have to say much about how great Watch Hill Marina and their staff treat us. I personally think it's Fire Island's "Best Kept Secret". Although, the word is getting out quickly due to all of their great reviews. As far as the cold showers, thank god it's not winter and we can ALL use a good cold shower to get our blood pumping! Watch Hill marina is well protected with calm winds & waves for a relaxing time and easy sleeping. UNFORTUNATELY, the bugs like that too. ;) Oh well......We can put up with them for the consistently great stay we get. Yachtsea will be back!
Sunday afternoon there was live music under the tent . Lots of fun.
this was our first sleepover on our boat. watch hill was great place to relax and unwind. everyone was friendly and happy to share their experiences. dockmasters were super friendly and helpful. food situation was a bit confusing and there was not great information on various web sites, or at least that i could find. while we were there food truck was only open 7-11 and 3-7 so make sure you prepare for lunches. bugs are ferocious so be sure to bring bug spray. cant wait to go back.
I've always liked Watch Hill. Nice staff and great location. The only downside is the bathroom/shower facilities haven't been upgraded for years.
Great crew headed up by Steve.....nice stay with other awesome boaters. Will be back again.
Excellent!!!! Had a great time as always!! Watch Hill is always spotless and laid out perfectly .. great people and everything you need and want.
Our entire stay was great, food trucks, beach and Staff were top notch. Both Dockmaster Steve & John were also super nice. Will definitely be back
John, Joe, Steve, Charlie, and Glen bend over backward for all of us dock guests. Thanks for all you do! The beach is spectacular.
Always enjoy our family time at Watch Hill. Do not like slips on the pier, prefer land slips. Thank you for the land slip
Great facility very nice place
Always great there! Beautiful place! Great staff!
Love this marina and it’s staff. We came in with a group of 10 boats. The staff tried their best to try to assign slips close to each other. We appreciate all the efforts.
My only complaint would be the showers. Other than that my family and I had a great time. Great entertainment at the food truck. The food was great as well. We loved the nature trail.
Nice relaxing marina - nice amenities and beautiful beach on the ocean
Excellent experience as always. Everyday they are doing something else to improve on what they already have
Steve and the entire staff were fantastic. All are Service orientated. Trash cans were consistently emptied and bathrooms stocked accordingly. Was very satisfied with our stay.
Loved it! Nice and clean. Very friendly staff Had a great day
Very nice, peaceful , close to bay and beach , secluded
We absolutely love Watch Hill Marina. It’s so beautiful and we love staying there for the day. The employees are so helpful when we arrive. The bar and food concessions are great too. Love the decking that’s not wood. So nice to walk on. Bathrooms are ALWAYS clean. Store is nice too. We don’t go anywhere else. Thank you.
Our mid week stay was amazing! Nice and quiet, beautiful weather, and the staff as always super helpful. One thing that I would change is availability of mid week pump out! We tried calling them on channel 73 but they didn’t answer and never came. We love Watch Hill! Thank you Steve & staff!
Joe, Steve, John, Emma and the rest of the crew do an awesome job! Nice place, friendly people, great vibe, safe marina. See ya soon.....
Great marina, great people.. will go back for sure..
Great place. Nice and relaxing and quiet at night
Very clean great atmosphere
plenty of sun no bugs
Absolutely beautiful marina and great staff. Loved the food truck and entertainment. Can't wait to go back!
Nice, quite and relaxing…. the staff is always accommodating and helpful…makes for a great weekend
Great place to stay, feels like I'm away on vacation in some tropical paradise. Steve is the best dockmaster you could ask for and Joe is running the place like a beautiful resort. Thanks guys for making our stay so enjoyable.
Beautiful marina. Staff very friendly.
Had a great Stay. Thanks Steve
Fantastic time- as usual. One of the best places on the entire island. Doug & the staff have done an incredible job bringing Watch Hill back to the most beautiful enjoyable place that it was years ago!!
Always great. Fantastic location
Very easy. Employee met us at check in and then assisted with tie off at the bow
Beautiful marina. Very accommodating
Very nice facility with a friendly staff.
Great as always been going there since the 70s it is difficult to compare then and now but this is a small part of Heaven!!!
It was a pleasure to come back to Watch Hill! I had been a frequent boater there for 35 years - then the renovations started and it was closed for a couple of years. My only issue was that the slip was way too narrow for my sailboat. I used fender boards as any other fenders wouldn't have fit. Still, the staff were great, the bathrooms were clean, and I had a great week!!
Great Marina! Very friendly and helpful staff. Great environment for friends and family. A+++
We had a great Columbus Day weekend with family and friends. Wish the season wasn’t over. Looking forward to next year. Stay safe and God Bless!!
Our favorite place and destination for many years. Steve, Joe and staff are extremely accommodating and operate professionally. Kudos to Doug and Lee and their family for what they have developed here. Always enjoyable, relaxing and with good friends. Paul & Shari
Joe , Steve and John along with the rest of the crew couldn't do a better job. Even with the wind and the rain our stay was great.
I think Watch Hill is one on the best places in the Notrh East!!! Glen did a great job with the general store making it inviting and well stocked. Keep up the improvements.
Everything was great but we would appreciate hot water showers.
Everyone is so nice and helpful at marina. All the employees and fellow boaters were great! We had such a fun weekend. Look forward to coming back again.
As a long time boater that has gone to watch hill for over 25 years I must say things have changed from the past. A lot for the better and some not so. It is a shame that the restaurant burned down. The people are as friendly as always. But the lack of common courtesy to your neighbor boater who is there to enjoy the fresh air and relax from the stressful work week, just is not there. We who are non smokers had to put up with being down wind of cigarette and cigar smoke the entire weekend. This just does not seem right in a public place and a Federal property. Maybe the management can set smoking areas far from the boat docks. This is fire hazard as ashes can fly in the wind and start a fire especially with all the alcohol being consumed making it careless of the people smoking near boats, fuel, vapors, and not to mention kids playing near by. I am for the rights of all. As long as each of us have their right to breath clean air.
Awesome time, great food, dj and awesome neighbors! Great way to spend an early October weekend!
The marina staff is / are very nice. The marina is large and in good repair. Boaters that go there are friendly. What keeps it from being 5-stars, A. Shoaling in the approach channel. B. The restaurant burned down. They're working out of a food truck and tents, which is understandable until the restaurant is rebuilt. C. The Mosquitos are robust. D. The billing can be "glitchy" when you make changes. All of these are fixable except probably "C" as the bugs call this place home, long before people came to F.I.
As much as the food truck improves, we still miss the restaurant/bar. However, the weather & our slip assignment certainly made it a 5 star visit. Sat. was a weather perfect day. Sun. was pretty windy, but still another beautiful sunny day. Hoping for the same next weekend which we booked before leaving. Bill
The marina is great and the dock staff is very responsive.
Marina was great wish the restaurant was open but nice great location
Had a wonderful weekend in Watch Hill. The marina is beautiful, the slips are great. Food truck great, entertainment great. We also had perfect beach days. We always love boating to Watch Hill.
Excellent stay at Watch Hill. Marina is quiet with a great family atmosphere. Staff are extremely helpful and the food truck/bar was good. It does get a bit rough on the A side with a stiff wind from the north.
Excellent time good social distancing very relaxing it was great Great excellent
Akways a great place to visit
We thought Watch Hill was great - our only complaint is that the showers were filthy and we could not use them. We were told that the showers are not managed by Watch Hill. In addition, the restaurant that burned down years ago is still standing and it's an eyesore. DJ was fun and the grounds are beautiful.
Marina was so friendly it was Very relaxing
Fellow boaters are always willing to help..watch hill staff always a pleasure
Spent a couple of nights there for the first time since I was a kid. I absolutely loved it. Brought back so many great memories. My only complaint is that the showers are exactly the same as they were in the 70s-80s. It would be great if they were updated so there would be hot water, clean & usable.
As always, great service, helpful crew, and beautiful beaches! We love to food trucks, but we are looking forward to having the restaurant and bar back next year!
slip was available on time/ i travel 6 hours to get there Bugs were as usual, I wished it was back to normal music, resturant etc
We stayed 20 days, and had a wonderful time. Highly recommend staying. We will return for sure.
Stayed two nights…. Accommodations were better than expected.. Thank you Steve…. Thank you Joe…
I love love watch hill. On this occasion I didnt enjoy hearing loud base from a dj till 11pm. So if you dont want to hear it request a slip away from food truck tikki bar and music. Otherwise great place
Dock master, Steve, and his crew were very accommodating and attentive.
Nice marina. Good amenities. Shower area needs a little help. Tried to contact dockmaster by phone and Channel 9 as we were arriving with no answer. It was a busy day because of pending storm and many calls with cancellations, but there were many staff that could have eased the way. All in all a good experience.
Great times! Steve dock master was very helpful, had little problem with my dockside electric when we arrived Steve cam over checked out few things and we were able to solve the problem. Thanks Steve. Place was clean, everybody was friendly. When you get hungry food truck - bar very good. Live entertainment was great while play corn hole. Great place to stay over or just spend the day.
Watch hill is by far my favorite place to go. The staff becomes family and they go out of their way to make you feel a part of it. The property is clean, Glenn does an amazing job with the store, the food is better than any other marina I've been to and Steve is the bomb! He goes out of his way to make things right, the best by far... A great place to spend time and make memories!
Great time as always staying at Watch Hill FI. We've been visiting this location for years and love the beach and marina. Staff are great and thank you to Steve for helping with docking us in the area we requested. Love the updated look to the general store with so many more options, shirts and sweats. Marina keeps improving. Hoping restaurant returns in the future.
Excellent, had a wonderful relaxing time
Great place to stay. The marina has an excellent design and very well maintained. The food truck is excellent. They had a DJ last night and a plywood dance floor. The general store has everything you’ll need and the beach was beautiful. Great place to stay.
Restaurant was closed from the fire last season, but the food truck was very good. The store had a lot more items this year which saved us a walk to Davis. Always a great time.
Our Family had another enjoyable time at our favorite ‘Watch Hill’ Marina. The weather held up and Steve was great with our reservation changes. His attentive staff was friendly and focused. Our biggest ‘Wish’ is that the bathrooms were upgraded so one could shower off without freezing to death. Hey Guys, if you added solar panels to heat up the shower water, it would make the docking and camping stay a lot more CIVILIZED! But the National Park Service is in charge of that and they are slow to do anything with infrastructure. A big example of that is the burned out shell of the Whalehouse Point Restaurant and bar still sitting boarded up after almost 2 years. I guess, due to COVID and legal battles, it will be another few years before it returns to full service so our Second ‘Wish’ is better food options. In the meantime I would give the concessionaire and their hard working, friendly staff great credit in trying to run all of the food offered for hundreds of people from a Single Food Truck and tent and even make it a fun event with live entertainment. The menus and drinks are Not up to the standards of such a fine Marina with great docks and pristine, uncrowded beaches but it’s better than bringing your own ‘peanut butter sandwiches’ LOL! The little store is well stocked and open late, so now worries!! Thank you Watch Hill for a great vacation! We will be back!!!! FYI - Make reservations in advance on the Dockwa App. It fills up fast! Oh and DO BRING repellent. Those little flying suckers are still out there ready to eat you!
We love Watch Hill. Great communication. Love reserving our bulkhead slip. Clean facilities and welcoming crew! Steve is awesome A+++. See you soon.
Smooth sailing right from the beginning. Easy to book our reservation, fun weekend activities for the kids, and dolphins! Great family vacation.
Very nice, clean, staff was friendly, knowledge and made sure that our stay was comfortable. Only thing which could be improve would be the restaurant which burnt down. I believe this was 2 years ago and still no construction. There is a food truck but basically Hamburg and hot dog, However, it's only a 20 minute which to Davison Park where there is a nice restaurant "Casino".
Always a great place to dock and spend time!
The Watch Hill grounds were well kept and clean
As always, the staff here could not be more accommodating! Beautiful natural setting, fabulous beach, food, music and drinks. What more can you ask for?
Great time... staff was helpful .... everything was clean
The Marina looks great and the staff, dock master John , the reservationist Drew and the crew in the snack bar, couldn't have been more pleasant and accommodating. The weather held out and we had a great time this past weekend. We are looking forward to spending more getaways there this summer. Thanks again to all involved in getting this wonderful marina up and running again this summer. WELL DONE!!!!
Always have an enjoyable time with my family at Watch Hill, the staff is GREAT and courteous. I just wish the National Park Service would give the concessionaire the approvals to move forward with rebuilding of the restaurant and beverage services associated with such an establishment. Would be a definite upgrade to the current “food trucks”.
Family and dog-friendly, great beach. Attentive staff, constantly emptying garbage and keeping everything running smoothly. Food truck, Ships Store, and bar were an added benefit
JOHN AND CREW, Thank you for everything. Hopefully we will see you soon.
Gets better and better every trip :)
Thank you Steve, John and everyone for a great boating year! the Victoria Ann will see you again soon
June 2020 ??? The stay was nice due to place and the people we were with. I requested a slip on D Land. I was assigned D Pier. No big deal, however, because the marina relocated poles, but did not relocate electric stations, at my slip the transom door lined up with not only an station but a large fire extinguisher station, making it difficult to get on or off the boat. One of my passengers did fall and was hurt while trying to get on the boat. In addition, a boat neighbor who apparently had a problem in his boat electrical system and couldn't hook up, was running his generator. Because of this, I asked the marina dockmaster for a different slip. He said he would get back to me. He never did. Fast forward to late evening, I refused to go to my cabin to sleep with the neighbor's genny running with the exhaust aimed at my boat. I brought this to the attention of Doug, the concessionaire, who eventually ran an extension cord to this neighbor's boat. When asked if the neighbor's genny would shut down during the night, Doug refused to say. I found myself insisting Doug to enforce his own marina rules of 'No Generator use in the marina. He refused. Fortunately, the generator was not started during the night. It's clear, Doug, as Manager of a marina, needs to educate himself on the dangers running any engine or generator with other boats nearby and familiarize himself with his own marina rules. As a senior member of the Great South Bay Power Squadron, I will be advising the Squadron to hold our events elsewhere until we see the marina is better managed. George Morrissey [email protected] June 2021 Very pleasant stay. Dock people were very helpful. Uneventful no generators running.
Frequent visitors. Love it Great wifi. Food is excellent at the food truck. Never disappointed.
New concessionaire is doing great. Bar and restaurant were great. As usual - mosquitoes were tough. But still a fabulous spot!
It was a quite lovely stay. The food truck/bar in the sand worked out very well.
This beautiful location is a great draw, even for a sailboat with a 5.5 ft draft. The staff is friendly and helpful. We got our favorite slip two years in a row. The food truck and bar in the sand are great. The small shop store is well stocked. Great board walks and black. The shallow channel seems to be shoaling due to lack of maintenance. Be careful.
Always amazing at Watch Hill! Our favorite place.
Very pleasant, but no help at the dock when pulling into the slip.
PHENOMENAL!!!! Thank you Steve for securing a corner spot for me and my wife. (C13. Best spot in the house) the whole staff is second to none. Great job with the store upgrades. Everything you need is in stock. Can’t wait to come back !!!!!
The entire experience was effortless. The dock master was there to great us and direct us to our slip. The marina is immaculate and welcoming. We will be spending many days here this summer. Great experience.
Can’t beat this place.
Dock Master John and all the crew always there to help. Doug and Lee so nice.
Beautiful natural spot. Sunrise at the ocean is priceless. The nature trail is without mosquitos this time of year! Dockwa makes it so easy to reserve a slip.
Everything this season has been amazing! The music was awesome this year and the staff is awash incredible. My three boys love coming here. Thank you for for all the work you guys did to make the last boating weekend of the summer amazing!! See you next year
We spent several extended weekends at Watch Hill this summer and every week end was exceptional. Doug and his team deserve alot of credit for their ingenuity and hard work. Last summer they had already introduced so many improvements to marina operations only to be set back by a fire at the restaurant at the end of last season and then the restrictions put in place due to Covid this year. John, the dockmaster goes out of his way to accomodate slip reservations and preferences which is not easy. They served breakfast lunch and dinner by way of a Food Truck and introduced outdoor dining. They brought in entertainment on weekends during the afternoon and a DJ at night. They show their appreciation to their customers and don't take it for granted. We look forward to another great season next year. Foolin Around II
We had another great stay at Watch Hill. The facility is so nice. We’ll be back!
The staff and marina are wonderful. We were very concerned about the disregard for CDC guidelines by patrons especially the traditional large end of season party with no masks and social distancing even with federal rangers visible. Otherwise WH is a five star marina.
Place looks great. It’s well-managed. Everyone respecting social distancing guidelines. I haven’t been here in many years and happy to have returned.
Great place! Very clean, walked the conservation trail which is amazing, staff is very helpful, food truck also great! wonderful view of the sunset on the bay side and sun rise on the ocean side. Only complaint is there is no hot water for the showers. The Federal Government which is responsible for that, needs to get that fixed.
It was an amazing experience... the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. A lot to do and Especially since it’s post season. Great time !!
Were only going to stay 1 day...neighbors made us feel so welcome that we blew off our commitments and plans for the rest of the weekend and extended our stay. Beautiful nature and beaches, friendly & helpful staff...great place to spend a weekend+...
Great time staff were all friendly
Always a great place
I love this place. Been coming for over 30 years. Due to circumstances I haven’t been here since they “upgraded” the electric service. In a word it’s terrible. The GFI breakers keep tripping. Can’t use my AC and it’s not just our boat. Every boat that came in during my stay experienced the same thing. If this doesn’t get corrected I will not return especially during the summer when AC is a must.
Watch Hill is like a tropical paradise. The family and I love this place. Was going for the day and turned into a sleep over. This will be my gobto spot all next summer
The DJ you hired to play music on 9/12 was outstanding!!!! I've never had this much fun in my life!! I literally danced from 12n through 10pm. My friends and I had a blast. Not to mention the food that was sold from the food truck was even better than going to the restaurant. The staff works their butts off and made sure we were happy and satisfied.
Love Watch Hill during the week when its not so crazy.
Got the great slip I asked for. App would not let me indicate that we were going to leave the same day we came. Don’t get that.
We had a great Labor Day Weekend, Weather was perfect . Nice music all weekend . Great Staff
Love love love Watch Hill ❤️
Great place!! The staff was OUTSTANDING! From the eager, enthusiastic young men who helped me to tie up to the office staff who were more than accommodating when they realized my electrical connection was not going to work in the slip they assigned me. The place is spotless and in spite of the fire that destroyed the restaurant there, they brought in a food truck which has excellent food to boot! I will be returning!
Had a great time!! Would do again!!
Very nice stay, bathrooms need to be cleaner
Great day at Watch Hill. Beautiful, large marina. Live music and food and drink at food truck. Nice boardwalks all over to explore and hit the beach. Brought back memories when we use to camp in tents there. Can still do that or glamping! Beautiful beAch for swim. Will come again by boat for sure!
Quiet, beautiful, peaceful, tranquil. Fun DJ night, would love to come back
Watch Hill is a great value for staying on fire island. The marina employees are helpful and will tie you up when you pull in. It would be helpful when docking if they monitored the marine radio. The bugs are not bad this year. The only complaint I have is the showers are always ice cold.
Finally music is back at WH. DJ Saturday night, and live music Sunday afternoon. If you don't want to hear the DJ on Saturday night, stay on A or B docs. The only downside, there only allowing one person at a time in the restrooms (could have a long wait). The restrooms still need updating, and there is still no spraying for bugs. But the people are nice, and it's still an enjoyable place to stay.
A Great time again. Doug , John and Steve are working very hard and doing a excellent job. New upgrades every time I stay. Heading back in a few weeks and we can't wait !
awesome, loved it, great time
Toilet paper ran out, $12 for an egg sandwich, really? Other than that, good first experience. Thx!
Always a good time at Watch Hill. Friendly dock master & staff
electric did not work at our slip-had to run cord to the next slip over:(
Excellent place and excellent staff. The only down is the restaurant not working, should be rebuilt ASAP.
The marina is very nice and well protected. The local store had anything we needed but was a little pricey. A bag of ice was $500 and should have been 1/2 that. Two downsides. I was told repeatedly they were warm showers when they are not. Very cold. The other is the power. Why there is no 30amp power I don't know. Why they do not sell or rent converters, I don't know. BE PREPARED.
The staff is always very friendly and helpful! Thanks for a wonderful family day. Four stars because bathrooms need a bit more attention.
Great marina. Power issues, but was handled. Dock hands very helpful. Issues with slip assignments being changed after I booked and confirmed. But they dock master made arrangements and had another slip for me when I arrived. It’s always a wonderful relaxing time.
Food truck was not open till 7pm as advertised. We unfortunately were only planning on eating there since that’s was the only option and we didn’t bring any dinner food. They closed the truck at 5pm, worker said it was because there wasn’t enough business that night. We then didn’t stay the night and moved the boat to Davis so we can get some food
Great stay. Slip request couldn’t be granted because marina was full. However we were given a very decent spot. I’ve had better communication from other marinas regarding confirmation and slip assignment. But this all worked out great.
Always a great time for the whole family at Watch Hill! Doug and his crew do a great job making you feel welcome. The general store is much improved this year with a great selection of goods. Our only complaint is that the bathrooms could use some updating.
"A" Dock, slip #9. Great marina. Docks are beautiful, all amenities are clean and well cared for. Dock hands are super-professional. There is a food tent and alcohol if interested. Live music. The nature walks are outstanding and the beach is perfect. We took the short walk, along the beach to Davis Park to visit the Casino Restaurant and have a "Rocket Fuel." Side note: Yes, there are mosquitos and horse flies at Watch Hill. They are present at dusk and very early dawn. But don't worry, even the slightest breeze keeps them at bay. Spray on a little repellent and you're fine. We hardly noticed them. The Watch Hill experience over all? On a scale of 1 to 10? An 11. We will absolutely return.
Great place to stay, the staff was very accommodating to whatever we needed. We will most definitely be going back!
We LOVE Watch Hill The staff is Awesome and they keep the marina in excellent condition Thanks Doug, John and Staff. Michael & Janet. (Grey Goose)
It was great except for the mosquitoes. They were really bad. I don’t think we will be back because of that.
Dock staff great,food truck food very good,best lobster roll I've had in long time
Loved the atmosphere at the marina and the beach. Staff was very helpful and facilities were clean. A little disappointed that there was no restaurant open. Also the mosquito's at sundown were unbearable. Other than that I would recommend to family and friends. I will be adding Watch Hill to the list of future destination.
Friendly arrival staff and easy transition to docking area. Snack bar will not be open through 2020 so provision in.
Some new improvements to docking. Mosquitoes are terrible, DON'T forget your bug spray. Would of been nice if they had spent some money on the restrooms.
A great marina. New concessionaire is doing a great job.
Great place to stay... clean, quiet and fun. The dock hands RAN to my boat as I was pulling in and helped tie me off with precision... courteous and respectful. We’ll be back there often.
very nice stay no issues
Watch Hill is a beautiful place. Steve was very helpful and patient discussing slip options with me since I have some health issues that require some consideration.
Dock master was great , very helpful with anything you needed.... everything at marina not open yet due to covid 19, but still had a great stay .....
Great family marina
John & his dock hands are right on their game. Help is there if needed. The staff is welcoming & friendly. Tom The Kitty Whooo These guys are doing an incredible job under some very different circumstances. Great time this past weekend. Tom The Kitty Whooo
Stay was awesome, everyone at the marina was excellent, very helpful. Steve was an absolute gentleman.
Luv watch hill love doug and his family they work so hard to accommodate all of us !
Great place, excellent dockmaster & staff. Well run & clean. Beautiful location.
Dockmaster was fantastic
Thank You Watch Hill, what a perfect change of scenery. The perfect place to Social Distance while on the water. The staff wiped down all common areas several times a day. Felt very safe
Love Watch Hill! The updates are fanstatic and the location can't be beat. We will be back
Very nice. Doug and Lee go out of their way to accommodate boaters. The marina is clean and well maintained as are the bathrooms and showers. To compensate for the recent loss of the on site restaurant, they arranged for an outside (under a tent) BBQ and bar on Saturday. Very well done!
First time there - very nice facilities- we had a good lunch at the restaurant.
This labor day weekend was wonderful Doug is doing a great job with the marina. Our stay was amazing, we love it there and the dock master John is a great person he always is there ready to help out and the team of people he has working for him are great. We can't wait to return...
Excellent. Staff came out to help us dock. They walked around over the weekend asking if we needed ice. The restaurant staff is welcoming and professional. Chef Al offers a tasty menu. We love Watch Hill.
Excellent trip with all 18 of us going to a very good dinner at the Whale House. John and Anthony did a great job of keeping us in slip B7 - you can let Aiden know we fit there very well - so we could be near our cruising friends - even with the wind. DJ/guitarist was great on Sun PM.
The weather was great. the staff was even better. had visitors come and we had dinner at the restaurant . Lots of fun. small electric problem, but manageable. See you next year
docks and facilities met my expectations. People at restaurant were very accommodating and we had a very good experience. Negatives include, the lack of wifi. I need to keep in touch with my business, even when I'm away. Lack of wifi makes this difficult and stops me from spending more time at Watch Hill. The other major negative was the mosquitos. More needs to be done to control them. We were unable to spend much time on the deck due to the constant onslaught of the bugs. I was upset when I learned that a girl scout offered to donate bat houses as her badge project, and they were refused. Bats might be a good start to the control of the insects. Please reconsider. the addition of bat houses does not affect the natural order of Watch Hill and could help.
Excellent. John the Marina Dock master. Is very helpful. The marina is well kept and very scenic
We really enjoyed our stay. The bathrooms were clean, the restaurant was very good as well. We came for lunch, dessert, after dinner drinks. We got to enjoy movie night on Thursday night. We came mid-week Tuesday- Friday to escape the crowds. My family really enjoyed this marina compared to other parts of Fire Island and other marinas Because the docks and facilities were newly updated (after Superstorm Sandy) and because it was quiet, peaceful and the park itself was left undeveloped and natural so we could enjoy more of the beach and wildlife. The teenage dock staff were left on duty midweek and were a bit disorganized. We pretty much handled the docking ourselves.
The place is so peaceful and the staff so friendly plus we learned about the park from the Park Rangers. I would highly recommend this marina & park to everyone!
Awesome time we will be back Beautiful beach
Great weekend, perfect weather. Plenty of friendly people
Dockhand met us at our reserved slip and had an electrical adapter ready for us . Breezy conditions so no mosquitoes . Had a great rum punch at the outdoor bar to live music and a lobster roll the next day for lunch at the restaurant. Add in the ocean beach just over the boardwalk plus wildlife and it makes for a great weekend.
Restaurant staff was very friendly and responsive, food was ok, would have liked a little more variety, marina is great but could not deal with the mosquitos. Would be there 2-3 times a month if they got the bugs under control. I am retired and live in Moriches and boat over to Westhampton Beach every week during the summer.
Friendly people, nicely slower paced environment, plenty of natural surroundings and wild animal life.
The Watch Hill Location is a priceless treasure and the Team who has taken over the contract for running the Facilities is working hard to bring more and better services to the boating community. Issues from last year, power, lack of WIFI, high dockage rates, consignment "start up mode" have been solved and even many fewer mosquitoes (very few), which this location, in the past has been famous for. A very good menu and equally good service at the restaurant allowed us that option as well. Doug, Lee and their Team are doing a great job developing this location. We actually extended our stay several days and received a multiple day discount which was greatly appreciated. Other marina's on Fire Island can be a bit wild on the week-ends but Watch Hill has been able to maintain a balance of folks, older and young that provide a good mesh.... only one request to folks seeking dockage... please keep the political flags in the lockers please.... lets allow all to enjoy without bringing that element of "life" into the fold..... Thanks and thumbs up! MV "Patience"
Excellent stay! Everyone was accommodating! Doug, Tom, Bobby and staff were incredible! Great tours by the park rangers. This National Seashore park/marina is a real gem. Way under under utilized!! Definitely returning!
Great service and the personnel are very friendly and helpful. We love the family atmosphere.
Had the right slip for our boat,park rangers very friendly.Will return there soon.
We have been "regulars" at Watch Hill for many years. We love the atmosphere here and usually spend all day at the beach. The new owners have brought many improvements including assistance docking, "glamping" and clean bathrooms. However, the mosquito problem remains and actually seems worse. I know there is not much that can be done since it is federal land, but, this must be a health hazard!
The only complaints we have are the mosquitoes. Bring plenty of insect repellent and avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk. Also we were disappointed that the band canceled Friday night. It would have been nice to have music while staying at the marina.Everything else was wonderful. Thanks to the new management and staff!
Still my favorite beach on fire island. New manager is making a difference with new picnic tables, corn hole games, horseshoe pits, and live music & DJ on weekends.
Couldn't have been better!! The whole marina felt new and clean. The staff from John at the dock to Tom to the waitstaff (our Saturday morning waitress was our Saturday afternoon bartender - great personality) cou;ldnt have been friendlier
Marina conditions are pretty good. I would’ve given it 5 stars but the bathrooms leave a little to be desired. Also, the showers are located further from the marina and they are cold water only. Not the best but for the price, can’t complain. Local store and food was pretty good.
Excellent time. Be back in two weeks.
Great place , fantastic staff, very inviting. Well managed facility
Thank you Tom, Doug, Maya, Emily & John.
Don’t let the number of stars fool you. The marina and amenities are great as well as the employees and park rangers. The issue is all with the mosquito problem. They need to do something other then using the propane tanks. It’s not working. Your experience is miserable when all you do is fight off the bugs. There is a great opportunity to have something special but when the entire time is fighting off pests and wondering if your coming home with West Nile virus it ruins the time. Fix that and the place is great. The bathrooms also need to be updated. But that will come I’m sure.
We had a great 3 night stay, Doug was very help full and went out of his way to make sure things were good. Will go back next year.
Watch Hill is a great place. I have been going there for over 40 years. Doug and his crew have done a fantastic job running the marina this year. They have stepped up to try to give their patrons a nice experience. The renovation of the docks after "Sandy damage" and years of wear and tear was a success. Some minor electrical issues at the beginning of the season appear to have been fixed. The renovation should have included new bathroom facilities. The current bathroom are totally inadequate for the number of persons attemping to use them. The staff does a good job of cleaning but you can't clean old rusty fixtures. . They need replacement now. The Parks Service also needs to step up to solve the mosquito problem. The bugs have taken over Watch Hill. Last weekend was the worst I have seen it in at least 10 years. It's time to spray the area to control the mosquitos. It's nice to have an ecological balance but humans are becoming the endangered species at Watch Hill.
No need to beat the mosquito issue to death but it’s terrible. We’ve been going to Watch Hill for the last 7 years and can’t remember it being that bad during the day. It was so bad we decided to not get killed cooking. So we decided to eat in the restaurant. That was a bad decision. The doors were open so where do you think mosquito’s were...all over the walls. The food was mediocre at best. They turn the same thin small burger from the outside grill into a “fancy” gourmet burger by adding bacon and Gorgonzola cheese...and charge more than double the price. My recommendation would be to cook yourself and save the money.
Beautiful weekend and the marina has worked all all the kinks from the construction. Now if they could only do something about the mosquitos.
We had a great time! Even though we had a couple days of stormy weather we still enjoyed every day of our visit! It's actually fun to be here during a passing storm. It makes it exciting and adventurous!! 😳 The family running Watch Hill is super nice and friendly! They really seem to want to do whatever it takes to make people happy and want to vacation here!! The nicest part is, they really seem to care! 😊 I do wish the National Parks would renovate the bathrooms and showers!! That would make everyone's visit more enjoyable!! 😉 We will be back again one more time before the season ends!! Jennie -Babylon Village
We didn’t have electric, as promised. Also waited 1.5 hours in restaurant to be served dinner and left without ever being served. Terrible service. Disappointed as we have been loyal watch hill visitors for many many years.
Still power issues.. and expensive. Staff did all they could. GFI too sensitive on dock side. Very little to choose from on menu at restaurant. All employees were very friendly 👍
First time back since they reopened. Met the new “owners“, very nice and want the place to succeed. Have their teenage kids helping and they are a real nice family. Didn’t have any problems with the electric but heard others did. They are fixing it with the government. Out of their control. The restaurant food was delicious. I had a steak and it was one of the best I’ve had. Other items on the menu very good too. They also had nice music Friday and Sat night Only downside was the loss of the tiki bar, again out of their control. Some dip Sh$t in the government got rid of this and owners are trying to get it back. If I had to do over again, I wouldn’t have booked for 7 days because of new cancel policy — would only have booked for 3 or 4 then would have done day to day payments to give me flexibility to leave early if the weather changes. Give Watch Hill a try, still the same relaxing place. Owners are around and want to hear feedback to make it better — what more can you ask. Will be back to enjoy it again soon. Thanks for the great week.
WE HAD A SMALL PROBLEM WITH THE GFI SYSTEM THAT THEY INSTALLED BUT WAS ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT SO AFTER MY FIRST 30MINS OF NO POWER DOUG WAS ON THE PROBLEM AND GOT THE BOAT POWER!!! MY STAY WAS THE BEST I HAD IN MANY YEARS THE NEW STAFF CANNT DO ENOUGH FOR U GEORGE KREPPEIN LINDENHURST NY 631 226 1448 I HAVE BEEN COMING THERE SINCE 1992
It was a wonderful day!
The new docks were great. The staff are all kids and no experience but I guess that’s all they can afford. The restaurant had no a/c and no fans. So impossible to eat there. Also $15 drinks! I do t think so! When my boat is 100 feet away stocked with alcohol I am going there before spending $15 for a drink. They do have a happy hour between four and six. But also extremely hot underneath the awning with no fans so I’m not going to sit at the bar whether it be inside or out and sweat my albutt off and spend $15 a drink. This will never last whoever took over this restaurant. Went to go get coffee this morning at the small café and was sweating my butt off. I sujested an umbrella for the people that are waiting. So we will see. The beach was beautiful and the sunsets are incredible . I will be back but would love to use the restaurant maybe the owner will read these reviews and do something about it if not I really do believe this will never last for them.
Besides the rates going up 50%. 1/2 the power towers didnt work which made it so the boats I went with couldnt stay together. The service at the restaurant was beyond bad and the mosquito infestation made it so you couldnt leave your boat from dusk until mid morning
Our recent stay at Watch Hill marina was ruined by mosquitos. The Park Services refusal to do anything to control these disease carrying pests defies reason. Millions of tax dollars were spent to renovate the marina but the overwhelming swarms of mosquitos render much of it unusable. To walk to the beach or use most of the park's other natural attractions is a painful and dangerous task. The marina is nice, the staff is very accommodating. and the location is outstanding. All of this is overshadowed by relentless swarms of mosquitos.
The main breaker for my slip kept tripping. Not at the slip but at the main box. I had to have the staff reset it at least 10 times over two days. I was forced to use my generator one night because it was racing and I couldn’t open the windows and I lost power at 1 AM. Hard to believe this brand new electrical system is already failing. Absolutely nothing wring with the boat. I have no issues with this at my home marina or at west Hampton we’re i stayed last weekend. Love watch hill but extremely disappointed
Magnificent, immaculate, new docks, nice staff, great drinks at the bar, went to dinner in Davis Park 5 stars, - all boardwalk to get to Davis Park, beach pristine! NO PUMP-OUT WORKING! . They definitely need to fix this. Pump-out boat only comes on weekends. Showers cold FYI, we used our boat shower. Other than the pump out Watch Hill is a great vacation spot! Don't forget you need a 50 amp adapter here if you want electric.
The slip they told me 2 days prior D23 was already given to another boat. Told me to go to another slip but was too small. Gave me a slip without side access. Told me I would receive a 50 % discount because of their mistake but still haven’t yet. Very unprofessional and unorganized.
Great National Park Great staff
Firstly we paid cash for a slip at the marina because the reservation did not go through. Then we were charged through dockwa. We have called to rectify the charges but have not heard back. The marina had a power outage which I know was out of their control, but the outage caused our battery charger in our boat to fry. Now we need to buy a new $400. Battery charger to replace it.
Best boating day of the season! Happy to see watchhills reopen and worry free docking. Beautiful fire island seashore is spectacular and watchhill makes for a memorable experience!
the docks & electric were very nice since they just renovated them. Bathrooms were old & falling apart. people were very friendly.
Marina re-opened after a long renovation. Aside from some fresh wood around the visitors center and new electric posts there wasn't much of a noticeable difference. Boats near us on B dock were having electric issues but we had good electric all weekend. Disappointed to learn that the Tiki bar will not be opening again. Reservation system worked well.
Arrived at Marina on Friday to find, they had no 50 amp pigtails. When then went up to the store to find the snack shack was not open, the store had beer only and the restaurant was not going to be open. An 50 amp cord arrived 3 hours later that day. Was very surprised to find on a holiday weekend that they were so unprepared. Very dissatisfied with how it went. The only thing that went smooth was the increased rates charged to my credit card.