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Long Island is noted for its beaches, golf courses, arboretums and grand estates attracting millions of visitors annually to its state parks and historic sites.

Jones Beach State Park, famous for its landmark water tower and popular sandy beach, is the most celebrated of the many parks on Long Island. The Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center offers exhibits, programs and events on energy transfer in nature and the role of energy conservation in addressing global warming. Golfers can choose among five championship courses at the renowned Bethpage State Park or opt to hit the links at Montauk Downs State Park. Nissequogue River State Park connects with Sunken Meadow State Park allowing visitors to explore 153 riverfront acres of trails, saltwater wetlands and wildlife habitats. 

Visitors can surf cast for striped bass at Camp Hero State Park. The boat basin at Captree State Park is popular with charter boats, and Connetquot River State Park Preserve is a favorite spot for fly fishermen.  Anglers can also enjoy some of the best surf fishing in the world at Montauk Point State Park, where tides from the Atlantic and Block Island Sound converge. 

Hither Hills State Park campground delivers a one-of-a-kind ocean-front camping experience so popular that you should reserve a spot early.  If you prefer a shaded woodland campsite, try Wildwood State Park where the campground is nestled on the headland overlooking the cool waters of Long Island Sound. 

The sweeping lawns, formal gardens and 65-room Tudor-style Gold Coast mansion of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park will take visitors back to an age of splendor and beauty, and literature buffs can glimpse into the past of American poet Walk Whitman at the Walt Whitman Birthplace.  Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve offers environmental programs, hiking, fishing, and biking on the formal Marshall Field III estate.  

Long Island State Park Permits

2022 Long Island Dashboard Permits 

SALES RESUME TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 THRU DECEMBER 31, 2022 FOR THE FOLLOWING DASHBOARD PERMITS: 4x4 Fishing, 4x4 Surfing, Stargazing, Night/Sport Fishing, Camp Hero Fishing, and Nighttime Photography.

Must have the following documents when purchasing:

  • Valid vehicle registration
  • Valid driver's license
  • Valid NYS DEC Recreational Saltwater/Marine Fishing ID # (required for all fishing dashboard permits)

To purchase, please select one of the following options:

1.   Purchase IN PERSON at a State Park Office - bring a completed application along with payment to one of the following State Park offices. For office hours, please contact the park directly.

  • Hallock State Park – 631-315-5475
  • Jones Beach State Park, Field 4 Park Information Office – 516-785-1600
  • Montauk Downs State Park – 631-668-3781
  • Orient State Park – 631-323-2440
  • Robert Moses State Park – 631-669-0449
  • Sunken Meadow State Park – 631-269-4333
  • Wildwood State Park – 631-929-4314

2.    Purchase ONLINE by visiting the New York State Parks Reserve America website - 

3.  CALLING the Reserve America Call Center at 1-800-456-2267 (Hours: Monday - Friday 8AM to 8PM; Saturday and Sunday 9AM to 3PM)

PLEASE BE ADVISED – when purchasing online or via the call center, your Dashboard Permit(s) will be mailed once processed. It may take up to 2 weeks for your permit to arrive in the mail. If you want to receive your permit immediately, please purchase in person at one of the above-mentioned State Park offices.

Regional SCUBA-Diving and Metal Detecting are available for purchase online only by visiting the New York State Parks Reserve America website,, or by calling the Reserve America Call Center at 1-800-456-2267 (Hours: Monday - Friday 8AM to 8PM; Saturday and Sunday 9AM to 3PM)After successfully making your purchase for a Regional SCUBA-Diving Permit, a State Parks representative will contact you via email to verify that you possess a valid C Card (Diving Certification).

Questions about a 2022 Dashboard Permit? Please contact the Regional Permit Office via email at 


2022 Annual Caumsett Fishing Access Permits


 Questions about your 2022 Annual Caumsett Permit? Please contact Caumsett via email at 

2022 Long Island Pavilion Rentals

Opening date to reserve a 2022 Long Island Pavilion is Friday, February 25th at 9:00AM.

Reservations can only be made through the ReserveAmerica website, or by calling 800-456-2267. There will be NO in-person reservations.

COVID restrictions may impact the size of group gatherings. Pavilion rentals must be in accordance with county, state, and CDC policies in place on the day of your reservation.

Questions about 2022 Long Island Pavilions? Please contact the Regional Permit Office via email at 

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