Outer Beach Rules

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  • Vehicles must have a valid recreational vehicle use permit affixed vehicle in parks designated location, or entry will be denied or ticket issued. Check out the Outer Beach Off Roading page for more information on how to obtain a permit.
  • Vehicles may not be left unattended on outer beach or parked overnight on the outer beach (excluding those actively night fishing).
  • All vehicles must carry the following equipment: jack, jack board, shovel, rope, chain or snap line, fire extinguisher, spare tire, tire gauge, flashlight, first aid kit, and a portable air compressor or air tank.
  • No alcoholic beverages permitted.
  • Only marked cuts, roads, entrances and exits are to be used. No driving on dunes, swails or vegetation.
  • Driving in designated bird nesting areas is prohibited.
  • Speed limit of 10 MPH is strictly enforced.
  • All vehicle passengers must wear seatbelts.
  • All garbage must be removed from the beach and placed in receptacles or dumpster at Outer Beach entrance. No dumping, burning, or burying of trash is permitted.
  • All vehicles must park perpendicular to dune line at least 10’ from toe of the dune facing the water.
  • Ruts and holes caused by stuck vehicle must be filled in and debris removed.
  • Pets must be on a leash no more than 6’ in length and under owner’s control at all times. Pets are not allowed in the protected bathing areas or picnic areas. Owner is responsible for immediate removal and proper disposal of pet’s waste.
  • Permits will be revoked and tickets issued for violations.

Beach Fire Rules

Recreational fires under definitions outlined below are permitted unless it is deemed offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor or when conditions make such a fire hazardous.

  • Ground fires are prohibited, including bonfires dug into the sand/dirt.
  • Recreational fires only permitted in County approved fire containers. See List of Approved Fire Containers below.
    • EXCEPTION- Smith Point Outer Beach Day Trip area, no wood burning fires permitted. Only propane or pellet fires (or similar non-wood burning types) permitted.
  • Approved fire pit or container may not exceed (3) feet in diameter, and must be utilized for pleasure, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
  • Campfire size should not be larger than the container.
  • Firewood should be clean and free of nails, screws or any other sharp objects. CCA, treated lumber, construction debris and pallets are prohibited to be used as firewood.
  • Campers shall not move or relocate campsite fire pits.
  • A fire extinguisher or other extinguishing equipment (dirt, sand, water barrel for example) shall be readily available to be used immediately.
  • Fires may not be left unattended at any time.
  • Burning of trash is strictly prohibited.
  • All containers are to be used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure, dune, vegetation line or combustible material.
  • Flame must be completely extinguished before leaving beach. IMPORTANT: Covering the fire with sand does not extinguish the fire. Instead, it insulates the hot coals and fills the pits with hot sand.
  • Fire container and sand under and near the fire must be cooled with water before leaving.
  • Do not remove any materials from the park, beach or dunes to be used in a fire.
  • Dispose of fire remains and trash in the containers provided for each at the park or taken with if proper containers are not available.
  • Proper disposal of fire waste and fire cleanup is strictly enforced. Those who fail to follow beach fire rules will be subject to fines, Outer Beach Access Permit revoked and/or Green Key suspended.
  • Fires at beach may be prohibited at any time at the Park Supervisors and/or Park Ranger discretion as necessary to ensure public safety and maintain essential park operations.

Approved Fire Containers*

  • County provided fire pit (container must be left in place)
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces (chimineas as an example)
  • Portable gas fire pit
  • Portable gas and charcoal barbecues (full size BBQ grills are not permitted)
  • Pellet Fire Containers (less than 3 feet in diameter)

*Please note, approved fire container must be raised above the ground (fire does not rest directly on the ground)

Be advised that areas on the outer beach may be closed due to beach conditions, maintenance or bird nesting. Check the Outer Beach Conditions page for the latest conditions.

Outer Beach Camping*

Outer beach camping is permitted at these locations with a self-contained camper only. (Per Suffolk County Health Department self-contained units are defined as having a built-in flushable toilet with a built-in holding tank with a minimum capacity of 5 gallons.)  Camping reservations may be booked for Cupsogue, Montauk, and Shinnecock East. (Beach Conditions Permitting)   Smith Point outer beach camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis, pending beach conditions.  Please check out our Camping Page for more information on how to reserve an outer beach campsite.

2018 Outer Beach Map (front)

2018 Outer Beach Map (back)

Contact Us

P.O. Box 144
West Sayville, NY 11796


(631) 854-4949

(631) 854-4969

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