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Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

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Address
25 Lloyd Harbor Road
Huntington, NY 11743
Latitude 40.914257
Longitude -73.473289

Spring Nature Programs
Spring Nature Program Descriptions

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, situated on a scenic peninsula extending into Long Island Sound, offers miles of bridle paths, walking, jogging, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and nature trails over acres of woodland, meadows, rock shoreline and salt marsh. The park has beautiful gardens, excellent fishing and scuba diving by permit.

In 1921 Marshall Field III purchased 1750 acres of Lloyd Neck to create one large estate. He named the land after its Matinecock Indian name, Caumsett, which means "place by a sharp rock." Field created a self-sufficient English-style estate as a combination country club, hunting preserve, and home, complete with its own water and electrical supply. When the estate was finished, it had facilities for every sport except golf.

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve was acquired by New York State in 1961. The park is diverse; fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature photography, and nature study are among the many activities visitors may pursue. The polo pony barn provides lessons, boarding & equestrian services as part of the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center. The summer cottage houses the Nassau BOCES Outdoor and Environmental Education Program. The historic Henry Lloyd Manor house built in 1711 is leased to the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society. The Historical Society provides historic interpretation of life during the colonial period.

For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

2018 Caumsett Annual Fishing Access Permits are sold out.

Caumsett 24-Hour Fishing Access Permits will go on sale on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Permits are $25 and are valid for the consecutive 24-hours after purchase. Note: $8 VUF is charged to all patrons, including those accessing Fisherman's parking lot through the use of a Caumsett Fishing Permit.

Requirements: Original or legible copy of Vehicle Registration, registrant's driver's license, and proof of enrollment of the DEC Saltwater Fishing Registry. Expired documents will not be accepted. Names on the documents must match. No Exceptions. Individuals can apply for the Saltwater/Marine Fishing Registry online at https://decals.dec.ny.gov/DECALSCitizenWeb.

 

*Photography Permits are required in advance of arrival for any commercial photography, this includes:

  • wedding, engagement, family, birthday, or shoots requiring props, additional staff, or equipment other than a single camera.

Permits can be obtained in advance through the NYS Regional Permit office at 631-321-3515

 Park use applications and fees can be sent to:
NY State Parks Permit Office P.O. Box 247 Babylon, NY 11702

*Visitors, please note: Metal detecting at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is prohibited.

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week, year round.
  • Admission: April through November vehicle use fee in effect, Empire Passport accepted. Hours of collection change throughout the season, please call for details.
  • Cross country skiing is available during the winter from 8 am - 4:30 pm.

    Fishing is allowed 4/1 - 12/31. Permits can be obtained at Babylon Hdqtrs. & Caumsett (Limited no. avail.)

    Scuba Diving is available 4/1 - 12/31. Permit obtained at Babylon Hdqtrs.
  • All commercial photography requires a permit, including wedding, family, engagment photos. Please contact the Long Island Regional Permits Office for assistance: 631-321-3515.

  • All Horses must be current on all vaccinations and be able to show proof upon request. All equestrian riders must wear helmets.

  • Visitors, please note: Metal detecting at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is prohibited. Also prohibited are: Rollerblades, skateboards, longboards, scooters (any type), pets, open fires (any type), and drones. 

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Caumsett Fishing Permit
  • Annual Permit (NYS Residents) $40
    Annual Permit (Non-NYS Residents) $75
    24 Hour Permit $25
  • Regional Diving Permit
  • NYS Driver's License $80
    Out of State Driver's License $125
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only)$35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Fee collected:
    4/07/18 - 5/27/18 8AM-4:30 PM Weekends
    5/28/18 - 9/02/18 8AM-5:00 PM Daily
    9/03/18 - 10/07/18 8AM - 4:00 PM Daily
    10/13/18 - 11/18/18 8AM-3:00 PM Weekends

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.





Key BCA Criteria
:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Individual species concentration site

- Species at risk site

The Caumsett BCA is within Caumsett State Historic Park. Caumsett is part of NY Audubon's Huntington and Northport Bays' Important Bird Area. It is on Lloyd Neck, a peninsula on the north shore of Long Island jutting out into Long Island Sound. The Caumsett BCA is special because it has a variety of habitats that attract many different species of birds. About two-thirds of the Caumsett BCA is forest, predominately oak-tulip tree forest. Other habitats include successional old field, low salt marsh, marine eelgrass meadow, maritime beach, successional shrub land and salt shrub. The Caumsett BCA is also an important stopover for migratory songbirds that fly over Long Island Sound. Caumsett offers a variety of education and recreation programs including fishing, hiking, birding, nature photography, nature study and guided tours.

The site supports a high diversity of migratory birds, especially forest dwelling Neotropical migrants. Breeding birds include several species listed in New York as endangered, threatened or of special concern: Osprey (special concern), Piping Plover (state endangered and federal threatened), Common Tern (state threatened) and Least Tern (state threatened). Other state-listed species observed at Caumsett include Common Loon (special concern), Bald Eagle (state and federal threatened), Northern Harrier (threatened), Sharp-shinned Hawk (special concern), Cooper's Hawk (special concern), Northern Goshawk (special concern), Red-shouldered Hawk (special concern), Golden Eagle (endangered), Peregrine Falcon (endangered), Short-eared Owl (endangered), Whip-poor-will (special concern), Red-headed Woodpecker (special concern), Vesper Sparrow (special concern) and Grasshopper Sparrow (special concern). Piping Plovers have nested at Lloyd Point since at least 1988 with up to 13 nesting pairs. Least Terns have nested nearly every year since at least 1977 with up to 100 pairs breeding at the Point. Common Terns first nested in 1998. Protection and management of nestlings and fledglings of these species at risk is done by State Parks. All three of these species are surveyed annually as part of the Long Island Colonial Waterbird and Piping Plover Survey.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Go birding with the Caumsett Bird Checklist.

Sun 20 May
Salt Marsh Special
Sunday, May 20, 2018 09:45 AM - 01:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Join us for a slow walk through fields and forest, on our way to a leisurely study of salt marsh life. Because we will travel about 5 miles, we recommend that you bring drinking water. Old canvas shoesor comfortable waterproof boots are also suggested.

Registration: Required
Sat 26 May
Beginning Orienteering
Saturday, May 26, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

After learning to use our compass, you will practice with it on a short course. You may need your reading glasses. Not recommended for children. Approximately 1 mile.

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Jun
Map Hike
Sunday, June 3, 2018 09:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Participants will use a map of the park to navigate to specific destinations. We will cover approximately 5 miles at a moderate pace. Some hills. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sat 09 Jun
Seashore Circular
Saturday, June 9, 2018 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

During this hilly, moderately paced walk through fields and woods, on our way to leisurely exploration of Caumsett's shore, we'll discuss geological and social factors that have influenced nature on Long Island. Since we will walk approximately 4.5 miles, we suggest you bring drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Jun
Intro to Wilderness Survival
Sunday, June 17, 2018 09:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

You can survive on your own at Caumsett. In this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build shelter. Approximately 1 mile. For reasons of safety, no children under 18 will be permitted to attend. There will be some sitting on the grass.

Registration: Required

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Did You Know? Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is host to over 200 species of birds.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path * Horse Back Riding: Trailered In Only
  • Educational Services
  • Gardens
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Nature Trails
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic House
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing