Access & Permits
Look at the Access Point Jurisdiction map below to see what Jurisdiction your trail is in, and then scroll down to see how to access each permit
Permits and/or residency requirements may apply for access to a launch site depending on the jurisdiction of the site. Nonresidents can purchase a day use or season launch permit for county boat ramps, still many town parks have limited to resident-only parking. Permits generally apply to put-ins and not to landing sites. Paddlers are able to land at any trail access point. Off season, Labor Day to Memorial Day, paddlers do not need a permit and seasonal parking fees do no apply.
Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Museums
Boat Ramp Rules : require all vessel operators launching from Nassau County boat ramps, whether using motorized of non-motorized watercraft, must obtain a county-parks-issued launch permit. No inflatables are permitted to launch at ramps. Access points include: Bay Park, Cow Meadow Park and Preserve, Inwood Boat Ramp, Milburn Creek Ramp, and Wantagh Park.
Leisure Pass : $25 identifies its holder as a Nassau County resident and is required for use of many county recreational facilities, beaches, marinas, and ramps.
Seasonal Launch Ramp Permit : $50.00 residency permit fee, sticker issued to Nassau County residents only allowing use of ramp and parking. Permit stickers are placed on the vehicle bumper. Must have valid New York State registration and Leisure Pass to purchase the permit.
One Day Launch Permit : $20.00 fee per day, permit to be displayed on car dashboard.
Nonresident Parking fees : $10 on weekends, beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (ORHP)
1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Senior citizens, 62 years of age and older, can show a New York State driver’s license or non-drivers I.D. to obtain free entrance to any New York State Park, Monday through Friday. Trail access points include: Jones Beach Field 10, West Boat Basin
Entry Fee : $10 day use parking permit
Empire Passport : $65 unlimited day use vehicle entry to most New York’s State parks and recreational facilities. http://nysparks.com/admission/empire-passport/
Town of Hempstead
Access to Town of Hempstead parks and recreational facilities is free to residents year-round. Access points include: Baldwin Park, Harbor Isle Beach, Hewlette Point Park, West Marina Town Ramp, and Woodmere Dock. A resident permit is not required at Norman Levy Preserve.
Town Boat Ramp : No permit required. Vehicles with trailers get priority launch access.
Town of Oyster Bay
Parks Department Beach Division
No fee at ramp for hand-launched boats. Access points include: Alhambra Road and Burns Park.
Boat Ramp : Resident fees seasonal trailer sticker is $65.00; daily use $15.00, Resident Senior Seasonal Sticker – No fee. Non-Resident Fee Seasonal trailer sticker $150.00; Day use $30.00.