~ NEW YORK STATE ~ New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation
Long Island Region - Belmont Lake State Park, P.O. Box 247, Babylon, NY 11702-0247
Andrew M. Cuomo
Regional Guidelines for Beach Access Pilot Program
for Certain Water Sports
Section 13.13 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and 9
NYCRR Section 377.1 provide authority to regulate water sports activities.
Effective October 15, 2011 the following pilot program is being implemented at
the listed Long Island State Parks through November 31,2013 for certain water
During this time period the pilot program will be continually reviewed, and may be
revoked or amended at any time by the Regional Director. At the end of this twoseason
period the Region will provide a report and recommendation on whether
or how the program could be formally implemented on a long-term basis.
Caumsett State Park and the west areas of Sunken Meadow are being
considered for possible inclusion in this pilot program.
Personal Floatation Devices are required for every person who is in or on a
water craft while the water craft is in the water. Use of inflatables,
parasailing, kite surfing and use of any motor- powered craft are
prohibited. Patrons must obey all signs and comply with all other
regulations issued by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Orient Beach State Park
Canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing and paddle boarding are allowed in Long
Beach Bay or Gardiner's Bay launching only from the traffic circle west of the
bathhouse 7 days per week from April 1st through October 31st during the hours
between 8 a.m. and sunset. Users will be provided with a sign-in, sign-out sheet
for people undertaking these activities.
Wildwood State Park
Canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are allowed in the Long Island Sound,
launching only at a point 600 feet east of the designated swimming area.
Parking is in the general day use area. Equipment must be walked down the
beach access road to the launch point. The listed activities will be allowed during
the hours between 7 a.m. and sunset from the last weekend in June to Labor
Day on weekdays only, excluding holidays. Wind surfing qnd small sail boats are
prohibited from launching anywhere at Wildwood S.P. due to the presence of
barely submerged large rocks offshore.
Sunken Meadow State Park
Canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing and paddle boarding are allowed throughout
the year only at two launch points - northeast corner of Field 3 for Long Island
Sound, and the eastern edge of Field 3 to the Nissequogue River. Free Beach
Access Permits are required when Field 3 is closed for general day use and must
be obtained at the park office 7 days per week, during the hours between 7a.m.
and sunset. No permit is required when Field 3 is open for parking.
Heckscher State Park
Canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing, paddle boardin~, and launching of catamarans
are allowed from March 1st through November 30t ,7 days per week, during the
hours between 7 a.m. and sunset, launching only from Field 7. [Joe's Beach]
Ronald F. Foley