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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

4x4 Fishing, 4x4 Surfing, Stargazing, Night/Sport Fishing, Camp Hero Fishing, Regional SCUBA-Diving, Nighttime Photography, Metal Detecting

Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY, beginning at 12:00AM on January 1st through March 31st, 2022.

There will be NO in-person sales.

Permit(s) will be mailed once processed. Please allow 10 – 14 business days for your physical permit(s) to arrive in the mail.

The following is required to purchase a 2022 Long Island Dashboard Permit:

  • Valid Reserve America account log in

  • Valid e-mail address

  • Valid credit card is required for payment

  • Valid driver's license of the applicant

  • Valid vehicle registration and license plate information

  • Valid NYS DEC Recreational Saltwater/Marine Fishing Registry ID # (required for fishing dashboard permits only).

  • "C" card (required for Regional SCUBA-Diving only)

How to purchase a 2022 Long Island Dashboard Permit:

On January 1st, visit the New York State Parks Reserve America website,

  • You must have an existing or create a new Reserve America account with a valid email address

  • Select the permit(s) you wish to purchase and complete the required information

  • Add to cart and follow prompts to complete purchase

  • Please allow 10 – 14 business days for your physical permit(s) to be issued and arrive in the mail

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

2022 Annual Caumsett Fishing Access Permits


Questions about purchasing 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 still TO BE DETERMINED. Check back for more details.


Reservations will 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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