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Long Island Region 

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

2024 Long Island Pavilion Rentals 

Opening date to reserve a 2024 Long Island Pavilion was 9:00 AM EST on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2024.

Reservations can only be made through Reserve America or by calling 800-456-2267. There will be NO in-person reservations.

Reservations must be made 14 Day(s) ahead of arrival and can be made beginning February 1st 2024. 

Questions about 2024 Long Island Pavilions? Please contact the Regional Permit Office via email at

2024 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 now until March 31st  2024 at midnight .

Permits are available ONLINE, by PHONE.

Permit(s) purchased ONLINE or by PHONE will be mailed once processed. 

Please allow at least 14 business days for your physical permit(s) to arrive in the mail.

The following is required to purchase a 2024 Long Island Dashboard Permit:

  • Valid Reserve America account log in - needed for ONLINE and PHONE sales only
  • 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 2024 Long Island Dashboard Permit:

  1. Purchase ONLINE by visiting -
  2.  CALL the Reserve America Call Center at 1-800-456-2267 (Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM to 5PM; Saturday and Sunday 9AM to 12PM).

 Questions about purchasing a 2024 Dashboard Permit? Please contact the Regional Permit Office via email at

2024 Annual Caumsett Fishing Access Permits - *LIMITED TO THE FIRST 500 APPLICANTS ONLY* SOLD OUT

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