Regulations for Use of NYSDEC Managed Lands in Suffolk County
Conditions for NYSDEC Managed Lands Access Permit for Recreational Use of NYSDEC Managed Lands in Suffolk County
DEC has specific regulations for using state lands in Suffolk County, which are described below. All recreational activities on DEC-owned lands on Long Island require an individual to have a NYS DEC - Managed Land Access Permit Hunting on some areas at certain times of the year requires a daily access permit; go to Public Hunting Opportunities on Long Island for information on obtaining daily access permits.
The following conditions apply to the access permit and will be strictly enforced:
NYSDEC-Managed Lands Individual Access Permit
- Access permits are free and are valid for 3 years.
- The NYSDEC Managed Lands Access Permit must be carried at all times.
- Permits are required for anyone 12 years old or older.
- Permit hours:
- Hunters: 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset.
- Night raccoon and fox hunting: sunset to sunrise
- All other users: Sunrise to Sunset
- NYSDEC-Managed Lands Access Permits are not valid during the January firearms deer-hunting season, except at Ridge, Edgewood, Panamoka, Calverton and King's Park. The January firearms deer-hunting season begins on the first Sunday in January and continues until January 31.
- All vehicles must be parked in appropriate designated parking areas with vehicle pass visible through the windshield. Individually numbered parking sites are to be used only by hunters.
- Hunters may be present on all but the Edgewood Area from September 1 through April 16.
- Individuals may not interfere with the permitted activities of organized groups.
- Operation and use of motor vehicles on the properties are prohibited, unless specifically authorized by special permit.
- Fires of any type are prohibited.
- Construction of permanent blinds, tree stands or other structures is prohibited.
- Trap, skeet and other target shooting are prohibited.
- Littering and other disposal of waste materials, including spent shells and cigarette butts, are prohibited.
- Permit holders must obey all posted notices, signs, printed material and lawful instructions from NYSDEC staff.
- Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs do not frighten, disturb, or harm people or wildlife and must remove dog droppings from trails.
- Overnight camping is prohibited.
Group and Special Use Permits
- A Temporary Revocable Permit (TRP) is required for organized group activities, and activities other than those covered by an individual NYSDEC Managed Lands Access Permit as listed above.
- Contact the regional NYSDEC Forestry office for more information about TRPs and the fee and liability insurance requirements.
Additional Rules for Hikers
- Hiking is not permitted during the January firearms deer-hunting season which begins on the first Sunday in January and continues until January 31.
Additional Rules for Horseback Riders
- Horseback riding is permitted on Rocky Point and Otis Pike only.
- Horseback riding is allowed only on marked horse trails, except on the Otis Pike Preserve where only established roads may be used.
- Horseback riders must yield to official vehicles and equipment on roads and trails.
- Horseback riding is not permitted at Rocky Point or Otis Pike Preserve November 1 through January 31.
Additional Rules for Bicyclists
- Bicycling is permitted on Rocky Point, Otis Pike, Edgewood, Eastport and Calverton.
- Bicycling is allowed only on marked bicycling trails, except on the Otis Pike Preserve where only established roads may be used.
- Cyclists must wear hard-shell helmets and eye protection and shall yield to official vehicles and equipment, horseback riders and hikers.
- Bicycling is not permitted at Rocky Point, Otis Pike Preserve and Eastport, November 1 through January 31 or as posted.
Additional Rules for Trappers
- Trappers shall not park at numbered parking areas while trapping.
- No conibear or other body gripping traps may be set on land.
- No upland trap sets shall be operational on weekends or holidays between November 1 and January 31. Traps must be sprung or removed by sunset on days preceding weekend or holidays.
- Trapping is not permitted on the East Hampton Cooperative Area, Ridge Conservation Area, Edgewood Preserve, Panamoka, Calverton, Deep Pond Cooperative, Westhampton or Kings Park.
Additional Rules for Dog Trainers
Please refer to the brochure Dog training on NYSDEC Managed Lands in Suffolk County for complete dog training regulations.
- No dog trainer, or any person in his company, may possess afield a firearm loaded with live ammunition, during the training of a dog.
- No firearms may be used in any areas posted as "Restricted - No Hunting."
- No firearms may be used on any NYSDEC-Managed Lands from April 17th through August 31st, except on the Otis Pike Preserve.
- No firearms may be used on the Calverton, Edgewood State Lands, Kings Park Property, Panamoka or Ridge Environmental Conservation Area at any time. All prohibitions related to firearms apply to starter pistols.
- Unleashed, uncontrolled dogs are prohibited.
- Dog training is not permitted on Panamoka, Peconic River Area, Calverton, Westhampton, East Hampton Cooperative Area, Deep Pond, the tidal wetlands areas and in areas scheduled for periodic rest from all activities.
Additional Rules for Hunters
Please refer to the brochure Public Hunting Opportunities on Long Island (PDF) (195 KB) for hunting procedures and hunting areas.
- Check hunting regulations guide for season dates and bag limits. See area maps and information sheets for area use regulations.
- Hunting is permitted on some state tidal wetlands. Most are primarily waterfowling areas, although there are small game and archery opportunities on some. For more information, consult the Hunting on State Tidal Wetlands Brochure.
- Check with the NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife prior to each hunting season to find out about any regulation changes and open dates for NYSDEC Managed Lands.
- A NYSDEC Managed Lands Access Permit is required to night hunt for raccoon and fox. Night raccoon & fox hunting is permitted on Rocky Point, Sarnoff, Otis Pike, Barcelona and Eastport. You must call the Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) in the area prior to hunting raccoon and fox at night. Please call 631-444-0250 to determine which ECO covers the area that you plan to hunt.
- Daily access permits are required to hunt from November 1 through December 31 on those parts of Rocky Point north of Middle Country Road and those parts of Otis Pike Preserve that are north of the Long Island Expressway (See LI Public Hunting Opportunities brochure (PDF) (195 KB) for more details). Daily Access permits are required for all properties for January Firearms deer hunting.
Additional Rules for Fishermen
- With the exception of the Deep Pond Cooperative Fishing Area (see below), no special access rules apply to permit holding anglers using the DEC managed properties.
- All NYS fishing regulations apply to these properties.
Deep Pond access is through a cooperative agreement between the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the NYSDEC.
Directions: Call 631-444-0280 for a copy of the directions and rules of use.
Restrictions: Public fishing is permitted during the period of September 15 to June 15 from sunrise to sunset Monday through Thursday and sunrise to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Entry to Deep Pond is for fishing only.
Deep Pond is located in an active Boy Scout camp. Consequently, access is limited. The following special regulations apply, along with those noted above.
- Entry to Deep Pond is for fishing only.
- Public fishing is permitted during the period of September 15 to June 15.
- Access is limited to sunrise to sunset Monday through Thursday and sunrise to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
- Anglers must park in designated spots.
- Boats and electric motors are permitted, but it is a 300 yard carry to the water.
- Gas motors are prohibited.
- Anglers must sign in and out at the Angler Sign-in Station prior to and after fishing.
The only areas that have suitable water for canoeing are the Otis Pike Preserve and some of the Tidal Wetlands area.
- Canoeing or other boating is permitted on the Peconic River below Connecticut Avenue and in Tidal Wetlands.
- Canoeing or other boating for fishing is permitted in all Otis Pike ponds, except during January, provided the boater is willing to carry their boat from the designated parking area to the pond.
- Falconry is permitted on Edgewood during the open small game season.
- Falconry is permitted on Eastport during the small game season except during November, December and January.
- Falconry is permitted on Ridge Conservation area from January 1 through the end of the small game season.