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Conditions 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. Recreational activities on most DEC-owned lands on Long Island require an individual to have a NYS DEC - Managed Land Access Permit. For more information about lands open to hunting on Long Island please refer to Long Island Public Hunting Areas. Hunting on some of these 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. An access permit is not required for use of DEC's:

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

The following conditions apply to the access permit and will be strictly enforced:

NYSDEC-Managed Lands Individual Access Permit

  1. Access permits are free and are valid for 3 years.
  2. The NYSDEC Managed Lands Access Permit must be carried at all times.
  3. Permits are required for anyone 12 years old or older.
  4. Permit hours:
    1. Hunters: 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset.
    2. Night raccoon and fox hunting: sunset to sunrise
    3. All other users: Sunrise to Sunset
  5. During the January firearms deer-hunting season, archery deer hunting and waterfowl hunting are only permitted at designated areas. NYSDEC-Managed Lands Access Permits are not valid for any other activity during the January firearms deer season on properties where firearms deer hunting is permitted. See the Long Island Public Hunting Areas webpage for more details.
  6. 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.
  7. Hunters may be present on all but the Edgewood Area from September 1 through April 16.
  8. Individuals may not interfere with the permitted activities of organized groups.
  9. Operation and use of motor vehicles on the properties are prohibited, unless specifically authorized by special permit.
  10. Fires of any type are prohibited.
  11. Construction of permanent blinds, tree stands, or other structures is prohibited.
  12. Trap, skeet and other target shooting are prohibited.
  13. Littering and other disposal of waste materials, including spent shells and cigarette butts, are prohibited.
  14. Permit holders must obey all posted notices, signs, printed material and lawful instructions from NYSDEC staff.
  15. 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.
  16. Overnight camping is prohibited.

Group and Special Use Permits

  1. 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.
  2. Contact the regional NYSDEC Forestry office for more information about TRPs and the fee and liability insurance requirements.

Additional Rules for Hikers

  1. Hiking is not permitted on properties open to firearms deer hunting 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

  1. Horseback riding is permitted on Rocky Point, Westhampton, and Otis Pike only.
  2. Horseback riding is allowed only on marked horse trails, except on the Otis Pike Preserve where only established roads may be used.
  3. Horseback riders must yield to official vehicles and equipment on roads and trails.
  4. Horseback riding is not permitted at Rocky Point or Otis Pike Preserve November 1 through January 31.

Additional Rules for Bicyclists

  1. Bicycling is permitted on Rocky Point, Otis Pike (including Eastport), Edgewood and Calverton.
  2. Bicycling is allowed only on marked bicycling trails or on established roads.
  3. Cyclists must wear hard-shell helmets and eye protection and shall yield to official vehicles and equipment, horseback riders and hikers.
  4. Bicycling is not permitted at Rocky Point and Otis Pike from November 1 through January 31 due to the small game and deer shotgun seasons, or as posted.
  5. Trails at these four properties may remain closed until as late as April 1 due to excessive impacts from the late winter freeze and thaw cycles.
  6. Mountain biking is allowed year-round on DEC's Calverton and Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve.

Additional Rules for Trappers

  1. Trappers shall not park at numbered parking areas while trapping.
  2. No conibear or other body gripping traps may be set on land.
  3. 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.
  4. Trapping is not permitted on Cooperative Hunting Areas, Ridge Conservation Area, Edgewood Preserve, Calverton, Deep Pond Cooperative, 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.

  1. No dog trainer, or any person in his company, may possess afield a firearm loaded with live ammunition, during the training of a dog.
  2. No firearms may be used in any areas posted as "Restricted - No Hunting."
  3. No firearms may be used on any NYSDEC-Managed Lands from April 17th through August 31st, except on the Otis Pike Preserve.
  4. 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.
  5. Unleashed, uncontrolled dogs are prohibited.
  6. 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 Long Island Public Hunting Areas webpage for hunting procedures and hunting areas.

  1. Check hunting regulations guide for season dates and bag limits. See area maps and information sheets for area use regulations.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. From November 1 through December 31, all hunting on Rocky Point (except spot numbers 7A & 25) and parts of Otis Pike (parking spot numbers 1 through 12, 14 and 15, 17 through 22, and 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, and 55) is by daily access permit only. Daily access permits can be obtained at the Ridge Hunter Check Station. Daily Access permits are required for all properties for January Firearms deer hunting.
  6. Maximum party size for small-game hunting is three individuals with no more than two dogs afield. Maximum party size for big-game hunting is two individuals.

Additional Rules for Fishermen

  1. Except for Deep Pond Cooperative Fishing Area (see below), no special access rules apply to permit holding anglers using the DEC managed properties.
  2. 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.

  1. Entry to Deep Pond is for fishing only.
  2. Public fishing is permitted during the period of September 15 to June 15.
  3. Access is limited to sunrise to sunset Monday through Thursday and sunrise to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
  4. Anglers must park in designated spots.
  5. Boats and electric motors are permitted, but it is a 300-yard carry to the water.
  6. Gas motors are prohibited.
  7. 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.

  1. Canoeing or other boating is permitted on the Peconic River below Connecticut Avenue and in Tidal Wetlands.
  2. 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.


  1. Falconry is permitted on Edgewood during the open small game season.
  2. Falconry is permitted on Eastport during the small game season except during November, December, and January.
  3. Falconry is permitted on Ridge Conservation area from January 1 through the end of the small game season.

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