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March Deadline Fast Approaching For 2021 Summer Permits!

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – Long Island Region’s deadline to purchase summer dashboard permits is March 31, 2021. The next opportunity to purchase a permit will be the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Applications will only be accepted through March 31st via online submission through DocuSign until 7:00PM EST or Drop-box at a designated State Park Office (see below listing and call park directly for office hours) until close of business on March 31st. There are no in-person sales. All permits will be mailed to the applicant once processed.

There will be no extension to this deadline and applications that are not received prior to the March 31st deadline must wait until the Tuesday after Labor Day to apply for the 2021 Dashboard application.

Purchase online through DocuSign: visit the Long Island Region webpage at parks.ny.gov for a link to the DocuSign Application. A valid email is required, and credit card is required for payment (Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Debit Card). Applications will be processed in the order received until 7:00PM EST on March 31st and permit(s) will be mailed to the applicant once processed.

Drop-Box – drop-off a completed application with payment (check, money order, or credit card authorization) to a State Park Drop-Box Location. Applications will be processed in the order received and permit(s) will be mailed to the applicant once processed. A fillable PDF is available on the Long Island Region webpage at parks.ny.gov. Drop-Box locations will be available at the following State Park Offices during normal business hours.

Pleases call the park directly to confirm office hours:
• Jones Beach State Park – Field 4 Park Information Office – 516-785-1600
• Hallock State Park – Park Office – 631-315-5475 (closed Monday and Tuesday)
• Long Island Regional Headquarters – Permit Office (closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays) – 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

Details on each permit is as follows:

FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE BEACH VEHICLE FISHING PERMIT – only sold January 1 – March 31 and the Tuesday after Labor Day – December 31.
Fee: $80.00 in state, $125.00-Out of State
Requirements: Valid vehicle registration, driver’s license, and valid NYS DEC Recreational Saltwater/Marine Fishing ID #
Permit is ONLY valid for fishing at:
• Hither Hills (Year-round)
• Montauk Point (Year-round)
• Napeague (Year-round)
• Robert Moses (Democrat Point, Gilgo and Sore Thumb) – April 1 – December 31, hours vary

FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE BEACH VEHICLE SURFING/WINDSURFING PERMIT – only sold January 1– March 31 and the Tuesday after Labor Day-December 31.
Fee: $80.00 in state, $125.00-Out of State
Requirements: Valid vehicle registration and driver’s license. Must be 18 years of age or older to purchase.
Permit is ONLY valid for daylight Surfing and Windsurfing at:
• Hither Hills and Napeague (Year-round)
• Montauk Point – January 1 – March 31 only
• Robert Moses (Democrat Point and Gilgo) – January 1 – December 31, hours vary & Fields 3 & 4 from September 15-December 31

STARGAZING PERMIT – only sold January 1–March 31 and the Tuesday after Labor Day-December 31.
Fee: $35.00 in state, $60.00-Out of State
Requirements: Valid vehicle registration and driver’s license
Permit allows after sunset parking for stargazing ONLY, valid January 1 – December 31 at:
• Hither Hills – Except July & August
• Jones Beach – West End 2 and Field 6
• Montauk Point – Upper Parking Lot
• Robert Moses – Field 2
• Sunken Meadow – Field 1 & Field 3
• Wildwood – Main Parking Lot

NIGHT/SPORT FISHING PERMIT – only sold January 1–March 31 and the Tuesday after Labor Day-December 31.
Fee: $35.00 in state, $60.00-Out of State
Requirements: Valid vehicle registration, driver’s license, NYS DEC Recreational Saltwater/Marine Fishing ID #
Permit is valid ONLY for fishing after sunset from April 1-December 31, except where noted:
• Captree – Main field, Overlook, Launch Parking Field (September 15 to December 31 only) and Captree Drawbridge (north side only – 24 hr. access)
• Hallock – Main Field
• Hither Hills – Except Saturday before Memorial Day to Labor Day
• Jones Beach – Fields 6, 10, West End 2, West End Boat Basin, West End Dock Area (24 hr. access) & Green Island (24 hr. access)
• Montauk Point – Lower Parking Lot ONLY
• Orient Beach – Main Field
• Robert Moses – Field 2 April 1 to December 31 (24 hr. access), Field 3 September 15 to December 31 (24 hr. access), Field 4 April 1 to June 23 (7pm-7am) and September 15 to December 31 (24 hr. access)
• Sunken Meadow – Field 1 and Field 3 (24 hr. access)
• Wildwood – Main Field

CAMP HERO FISHING PERMIT – only sold January 1 – March 31 and the Tuesday after Labor Day – December 31.
Fee: $40.00 in state, $75.00-Out of State
Requirements: Valid vehicle registration, driver’s license, NYS DEC Recreational Saltwater/Marine Fishing ID #
Permit is ONLY valid for fishing after sunset at:
• Camp Hero State Park, April 1 – December 31

REGIONAL SCUBA-DIVING PERMIT – sold year-round at Long Island Regional Headquarters – Permit Office. Permit is valid April 1 – December 31, hours vary.
Fee: $80.00 in state, $125.00-Out of State
Requirements: Vehicle Registration and Divers Certification card
Valid for: ​
• Caumsett – Fisherman’s parking lot only – 24 hr. access
• Jones Beach – East End of Field 10 only, 24 hr. access
• Orient Beach – 8am to sunset
• Robert Moses – *Democrat Point (four-wheel drive needed to access this area; hours vary)

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