Current Outer Beach Conditions:
Effective March 27, 2017 until Further Notice:
The Parks Department offers numerous recreational opportunities for park visitors on its outer beaches. Weather and beach conditions permitting, the Parks Department allows day and night fishing, camping (in-season) and day trips for patrons with a properly permitted 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Smith Point County Park: The Outer Beach at Smith Point is now open for day trips all the way to the inlet. Outer Beach camping (25 sites) will be available beginning March 31, 2017. Reservations for these sites are first come first served and must be done in person at the Smith Point east booth. For up-to-date conditions please call the Park Office at (631)852-1315.
Cupsogue Beach County Park: The outer beach is now open to the inlet.
Montauk County Park: The Outer Beach is open for day trips. For up-to-date conditions please call the Park Office at (631)852-7879
Shinnecock East: The outer beach is open for day trips only.
Charles F. Altenkirch County Park, formerly known as Shinnecock West County Park: Outer Beach is open from September 15 – March 15. Limited parking is available, for County residents, in the parking lot adjacent to the inlet.
Cedar Point County Park: the Outer Beach is Open for day trips all the way to the lighthouse.
About Outer Beach Off-Roading
Several of our parks offer outer beach (shoreline) access opportunities to off-road vehicles (ORV's). A Suffolk County Parks Recreational Vehicle Use permit is required to enjoy these locations. Suffolk County Park Recreational Vehicle Use permits may be purchased at the parks listed below and at the West Sayville Parks Administration Office. The Recreational Vehicle Use permit includes access to designated beach areas for off-roading as well as night fishing in designated parks. If on the beach at night, everyone must have fishing equipment and must be actively engaged in fishing. This is strictly enforced. Be advised that areas on the outer beach may be closed due to beach conditions, maintenance or bird nesting. Please check the Suffolk County Parks Facebook/Twitter page or call the park of your choice to get up-to-date outer beach access information.
Suffolk County Parks which offer outer beach access for off-roading are:
East Hampton (631) 852-7620
Westhampton (631) 852-8111
Montauk (631) 852-7879
Southampton (631) 852-8899 (seasonal),
(631) 852-8290 (off season)
Shirley (631) 852-1315
*Outer beach camping is permitted with a camping reservation at these locations with self-contained campers only. Please check out our Camping Page for more information.
Please note four-wheel drive vehicle MUST be present when purchasing your outer beach permit. The outer beach permit MUST be permanently affixed to the driver's side window at the time of purchase. If permit is not permanently affixed to the window entry to the outer beach will be denied.
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Required Equipment for Outer Beach Off-Roading
Rope, Chain or Snap Line
First Aid Kit
Portable Air compressor or Air Tank