Guidelines for the 2024 Group Camping Lottery

Dear Organized Adult Group Camping Clubs,

The Suffolk County Department of Parks is pleased to announce that applications for the Annual Group Camping Club Lottery may be submitted starting January 1, 2024, through January 31, 2024. The Lottery assignments will take place during the first week of February 2024 and winners will be notified via email. Groups may submit one (1) application during the lottery. Additional applications will be accepted starting March 1, 2024.

Please note the Cathedral Pines Campground is temporarily closed for construction through May 2024. We will not be taking requests for Cathedral Pines group camping until the opening date has been announced. The Parks department will then make an announcement on our website and social media letting the public know when they can submit Group Camping applications for the campgrounds.

Guidelines for the 2024 Group Camping Lottery

  • Each Group Camping Club is allowed one (1) lottery entry with a first and second choice of location/date. Applications will be drawn at random, and reservations will be made based on first or second choice selections. Should your group’s first or second choices not be available, Park staff will contact you for an alternative choice. Groups must respond with their third choice within 24 hours, otherwise they will be skipped.
  • Additional group camping applications may be submitted starting March 1, 2024. There is no limit to the number of applications, but Period of Stay rules will be enforced.
  • Applications are submitted using the online form and must include an up-to-date roster of participating families, even if one has been submitted in past years.
  • All Group Lottery Application Requests must be for a minimum of 3 nights; a minimum of 4 nights required for any holiday weekend requests.
  • All seven (7) family units (ten (10) family units on holiday weeks) must be present during the entire reservation to receive the return of your deposit. Early check-ins are not allowed; your reservation is for the dates stated on the application.
  • Period of Stay rules apply to Group Camping. Individuals are not permitted to stay more than 7 nights in a campground (14-night stays are allowed at Cedar Point, Blydenburgh, and Sears Bellows), even if they are camping with a different group. These rules apply to individuals, as well as households, members of the same family living at the same address, and the same trailer/RV/camping unit.
  • Payment is required within five (5) business days after receiving confirmation of Lottery Win. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled, and groups will be charged the $70 reservation fee.
  • All remaining sites will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis after March 1st by submitting the Group Camping Application Form.

We look forward to a wonderful camping season!


Suffolk County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation

scparks@suffolkcountyny.gov • 631-854-4949

Please visit https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Activities-and-Attractions/Camping/Group-Camping for the Annual Group Camping Club Lottery Permit Instructions & Information, the Annual Group Camping Club Lottery Permit Application, and the Group Camping Roster.

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