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State Land Access Permits

For Long Island Public Lands Managed by DEC

Seasonal Access Permit

A seasonal access permit is required for all activities on all NYSDEC managed lands on Long Island with the exception of:

• Forge Pond Fishing Access Site
• Oyster Bay Western Waterfront Site
• Moriches Bay Marine Waterway Access Site
• Mattituck Creek Waterway Access Site

This permit is free and valid for three years. To obtain a seasonal access permit (PDF) follow the instructions at the bottom of the first page of the document. Permit holders must observe regulations for use of NYSDEC managed lands in Suffolk County.


You must use Adobe Reader or Acrobat to complete and submit the application form electronically. The free software can be downloaded at Most mobile devices allow users to open and view the application form. However, the current generation of Adobe Reader for mobile devices does not allow users to complete our application forms.

If you already have Acrobat Reader installed or after installing the necessary software, open the form in Acrobat Reader. If you are using Chrome, Firefox or Safari you must open the application in Adobe Reader. If the application form is already open in your browser, click the PDF icon in the upper right-hand corner and then click open in Adobe Reader or save the form to your desktop and then open it with Adobe Reader.

Complete the requested information. You only need to fill in the first page. The second page will automatically be filled out.

After completing the requested information, click the Submit by E-mail button. Do not change the form into a different software program or format (scanning, copy & paste, etc.) before submitting. You do not need to add an electronic signature.

If you are using Adobe Reader XI you will be prompted to choose how you would like to send the application. Chose the appropriate type of email and then press the continue button.

If you are using an older version of Reader and use a web based email such as Yahoo, Gmail or AOL, in order to submit the permit; complete the information requested on the form, save the file to your computer's desktop and manually attach the PDF to your email message and send to

After e-mailing the permit, press the Print Form button. The Print Form button will print both your access permit and your parking permit. After printing the permits they must be signed. Once the paper copies are signed, the permits are valid and ready for use

You will receive an e-mail confirming that your permit has been received and submitted correctly. The e-mail may not be immediate as it is not an automated reply.

You DO NOT need to mail a signed copy of your permit to the DEC.

If you have questions regarding the access permit application, please email or call 631-444-0270.

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Information for Hunters

In addition to the three-year seasonal access permit, a daily access permit is required for all hunting on Rocky Point and Otis Pike Preserve properties during November and December and for deer hunting on all applicable properties during the special January firearm deer season. Consult the public hunting opportunities in Suffolk County web page for information on obtaining hunting permits.

Group / Special Use Permits

Group permits and special use permits are also available for appropriate activities. It is recommended groups seeking these permits apply for them 30 days prior to a planned activity. To request a group or special use permit, mail a request to: Forestry, NYSDEC - SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790.

Sporting Licenses (Valid Statewide)

To purchase hunting and fishing licenses, individuals may visit: