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Montauk Point State Park

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Address
2000 Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954
Latitude 41.059132
Longitude -71.895622

March/April Nature Programs

On the eastern tip of the South Shore of Long Island, Montauk Point State, offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Block Island Sound. The view is unique, because, when the water is calm, visitors can clearly see the "race" of converging tides from the Atlantic and Block Island Sound. Visitors can also use the nature trails to hike or cross-country ski, or spend time watching the seals sun on the rocks offshore. Block Island can be seen off in the distance.

Parking is available for walks along the rocky shoreline, viewing of the Ocean from the restaurant and gift shop, or a visit to the neighboring Montauk Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State, commissioned by President George Washington in 1792. http://www.montauklighthouse.com/

Surf fishing at the Point is a popular activity, especially when striped bass are running in the area. Surfing is allowed from December 15th through March 31st. Other state parks nearby include: Camp Hero, Montauk Downs, Hither Hills, Shadmoor, and Napeague.

Find more about park permit information.

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

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year round, sunrise to sunset.
  • Big game and small game are permitted in season.
  • Fishing: Available year round with annual sport fishing permit or 7 day sport fishing permit. Permits needed for night fishing and beach vehicles also. Available at park office & Babylon Headquarters.

    (7-Day Sport Fishing Permit - one per season)
  • Surfing: Sunrise to sunset  12/15 - 3/31

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.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses $35 (By permit only at the Babylon Office)
    Commercial Buses $75

    Fee Collected:
    6/13/2020 to Columbus Day: Daily, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Columbus Day to 11/8/2020: Weekends only, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Permits
  • 4 Wheel Drive Beach Vehicle Permit:
    NYS Driver's License $80
    Out of State Driver's License $125

    Metal Detecting:
    By Permit Only $40

    Night Sport Fishing Permit:
    NYS Driver's License $35
    Out of State Driver's License $60
    7 Night Sport Fishing Permit $25
    --7-Day Sport Fishing Permit - One per season

    Star Gazing Permit:
    NYS Driver's License $35
    Out of State Driver's License $60

Maps

Digital Maps

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

In addition to statewide hunting regulations, special restrictions are in effect in state parks to protect visitors to ensure sound wildlife management. Hunters are advised to check with the state park regional office and with the local DEC wildlife management office for specific information.

All hunters must have a valid New York State hunting license and, where applicable, a federal waterfowl permit. Waterfowl hunters should note that current state regulations prohibit the use of lead shot.

Montauk Point State Park is open for small game hunting from 12/1-2/29 and waterfowl 12/1- end of season. Hunting is not permitted on weekends or holidays. Deer season runs weekdays only: 11/1-12/31 (archery)* and 1/6-1/31 (firearm)**. Small game and waterfowl hunting is not permitted during January deer season. Trapping/turkey hunting is not permitted.

Permit and deer hunting information may be obtained from the regional office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which can be reached by calling 631-444-0273.

*No weekend hunting except at spots 15 & 16

** Closed 1/20 (Martin Luther King Day)

Sat 06 Mar
Seal Hike
Saturday, March 6, 2021 until Sunday, March 7, 2021 09:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Observe wintering seals in their natural habitat! From November to April, a state park naturalist will lead visitors on a 3-mile hike along the beach and through a wooded trail to a secluded area on Block Island Sound where seals can be seen hauled-out on the rocks. Along the hike, there will be opportunities to see wintering ducks and explore marine geology. Dress warmly and bring binoculars! Hikers will meet at the Office/Restroom building in the lower parking lot of Montauk Point State Park.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. Hike times vary from 1 to 3 hours depending on the mileage. Strollers are not recommended. Masks are required. There is a $4 fee to join any hike.

Registration: Required
Wed 10 Mar
Seal Hike
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Observe wintering seals in their natural habitat! From November to April, a state park naturalist will lead visitors on a 3-mile hike along the beach and through a wooded trail to a secluded area on Block Island Sound where seals can be seen hauled-out on the rocks. Along the hike, there will be opportunities to see wintering ducks and explore marine geology. Dress warmly and bring binoculars! Hikers will meet at the Office/Restroom building in the lower parking lot of Montauk Point State Park.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. Hike times vary from 1 to 3 hours depending on the mileage. Strollers are not recommended. Masks are required. There is a $4 fee to join any hike.

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Mar
Seal Hike
Saturday, March 13, 2021 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Observe wintering seals in their natural habitat! From November to April, a state park naturalist will lead visitors on a 3-mile hike along the beach and through a wooded trail to a secluded area on Block Island Sound where seals can be seen hauled-out on the rocks. Along the hike, there will be opportunities to see wintering ducks and explore marine geology. Dress warmly and bring binoculars! Hikers will meet at the Office/Restroom building in the lower parking lot of Montauk Point State Park.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. Hike times vary from 1 to 3 hours depending on the mileage. Strollers are not recommended. Masks are required. There is a $4 fee to join any hike.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Mar
Seal Walk
Saturday, March 20, 2021 until Sunday, March 21, 2021 09:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Observe wintering seals in their natural habitat! From November to April, a state park naturalist will lead visitors on a 3-mile hike along the beach and through a wooded trail to a secluded area on Block Island Sound where seals can be seen hauled-out on the rocks. Along the hike, there will be opportunities to see wintering ducks and explore marine geology. Dress warmly and bring binoculars! Hikers will meet at the Office/Restroom building in the lower parking lot of Montauk Point State Park.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. Hike times vary from 1 to 3 hours depending on the mileage. Strollers are not recommended. Masks are required. There is a $4 fee to join any hike.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Mar
Seal Hike
Saturday, March 27, 2021 until Sunday, March 28, 2021 02:00 PM
Montauk Point State Park
(631) 668-5000

Observe wintering seals in their natural habitat! From November to April, a state park naturalist will lead visitors on a 3-mile hike along the beach and through a wooded trail to a secluded area on Block Island Sound where seals can be seen hauled-out on the rocks. Along the hike, there will be opportunities to see wintering ducks and explore marine geology. Dress warmly and bring binoculars! Hikers will meet at the Office/Restroom building in the lower parking lot of Montauk Point State Park.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. Hike times vary from 1 to 3 hours depending on the mileage. Strollers are not recommended. Masks are required. There is a $4 fee to join any hike.

Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Playgrounds
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Surfing/Windsurfing