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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 Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center features exhibits on beach ecology. 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

The Long Island Regional Permit Department Office is located at the Long Island State Park Headquarters 625 Belmont Avenue, W. Babylon, NY and is open from 9:00am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The Permit Department acts as the liaison between patrons and Park Management. Specific events or activities require a permit in order to take place within a State Park. Permits are required for activities such as group picnics, commercial filming and photography, walk-a-thons, and league play. In addition to issuing permits, the permit office is open to the public for the sale of Empire Passes and Special Use Permits.

For specific information of the types of permits available please refer to the Long Island Permit Guide

For questions or more details regarding a permit, please call (631) 321-3515 or email  **Please be aware that due to the high number of permit applications received, it may take several weeks to receive your permit in the mail.  We are processing permits as quickly as we can in the order they are received.  

2021 Long Island Dashboard Permit

4x4 Fishing, 4x4 Surfing, Stargazing, Night/Sport Fishing, Camp Hero Fishing, Regional SCUBA-Diving.
** PLEASE NOTE night photography is a separate application , please scroll down

You must have the following documents available when applying.

  • Valid e-mail address
  • Valid Vehicle registration
  • Valid Driver's license
  • Valid NYS DEC Recreational Saltwater/Marine Fishing ID # (required for all fishing dashboard permits)
  • Valid "c"-card (for SCUBA-diving only)

Available for purchase beginning January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021 and September 7 through December 31, 2021. To purchase, please select ONE of the options below.

  • Purchase online through DocuSign: Application and Credit Card Authorization Form click here
    Valid Credit Card is required for payment (Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Debit Card)
    Permit will be mailed once processed.


  • Drop off a completed application with payment (check, money order, or credit card authorization) in person at a State Park Drop-Box Location.
    Fillable PDF: 2021 Dashboard Permit Drop Off Application  click here 

Drop-Box Locations, available during business hours:

  • Hallock State Park – Park Office – 631-315-5475 (Closed Monday and Tuesday)
  • Jones Beach State Park – Field 4 Park Information Office – 516-785-1600
  • Long Island Regional Headquarters (Monday thru Friday only, excluding Holidays) – Permit Office – 631-321-3770
  • Montauk Downs State Park – Park Office – 631-668-5000
  • Orient State Park – Park Office – 631- 323-2440
  • Robert Moses State Park – Park Office - 631-669-0449
  • Sunken Meadow State Park – Field 1 Park Office – 631-269-4333
  • Wildwood State Park – Park Office – 631-929-4314

2021 Night Photography Permit

Available for purchase through DocuSign or Drop-Box at the Long Island Regional Headquarters Permit Office. Permit will be mailed once processed.
Please call 631-321-3770 for any questions.

Complete one of the following :

  1. 2021 Night Photography Permit Application click here


  2. 2021 Nighttime Photography DocuSign  click here

Must have the following documents available when applying:

  • Valid e-mail address
  • Valid Vehicle registration
  • Valid Driver's License

2021 Annual Caumsett Fishing Permit - SOLD OUT

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