North Fork Beach Guide

North Fork Beach Guide

Welcome to Long Island’s beautiful North Fork! Eleven small towns and villages comprise the North Fork, a bounty of farmland, quaint downtowns, wineries and unspoiled natural beauty. Surrounded by the Peconic Bay and the Long Island Sound, the North Fork also offers miles of glorious beaches. But to enjoy many of them, your car must display a valid parking permit. Here’s a quick list of what you need to know.


Riverhead Town has four beaches located on the calmer waters of either the Peconic Bay or the Long Island Sound. Resident permits are $15 for the season, and nonresidents may purchase a day pass for $35 or a season pass for $200. Permits are required from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and they are available at the Riverhead Town Recreation Department office or at all town beaches from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Iron Pier Beach: Lifeguards, comfort station, concessions, pavilion, playground

Reeve’s Beach: Comfort station, gazebo

South Jamesport Beach: Lifeguards, comfort station, concessions, pavilion, playground, picnic tables, tennis, basketball, gazebo

Wading River Beach: Comfort station, gazebo, playground, boat launching access

For more information, contact the Town of Riverhead at 631-727-3200 or


Comprising the majority of the North Fork, Southold Town offers much in the way of beach fun on the Long Island Sound and on the Gardiners and Peconic Bays between the twin forks. Eight beaches fall under the jurisdiction of Southold Town, with Town Beach being arguably the most popular. Resident beach permits cost $10 per season. A nonresident seasonal permit is $150. Daily parking is available at three of the town’s beaches, with passes sold on-site for a fee of $25 per day. Parking permits are available at the Southold Town Clerk’s Office and by mail.

Goldsmith Inlet, Peconic

Goose Creek: Lifeguards, comfort station, playground

Kenny’s Beach: Lifeguards, comfort station

Laurel Lake Park: Parking permit not required, baseball, playground

McCabe’s Beach: Lifeguards, comfort station

New Suffolk Beach: Lifeguards, daily parking, launching ramp

Norman E. Klipp Park/Gull Pond Beach: Lifeguards, daily parking, playground, boat launching

Town Beach: Lifeguards, comfort station, daily parking, playground, picnic tables

There are also a number of Park District Beaches in Southold Town. These beaches and parks do not come under Southold Town’s jurisdiction. Permits may be obtained at the district beach when it is open
for the season.

Cutchogue-New Suffolk Park District

Nassau Point Beach: Lifeguards, comfort station, playground, BBQ, picnic tables, basketball

Pequash Avenue Beach (Fleet Neck Beach): Lifeguards, comfort station, playground, picnic tables, BBQ, basketball

Call 631-734-5224 for more information.

Mattituck Park District

Aldrich Lane Park: Softball/soccer field

Breakwater Park: Comfort station

Bailie’s Beach Park

Bay Avenue Park: Tennis

Mattituck Creek Boat Launching Park

Beach Yacht Club: Softball

Marratooka Lake

Veterans Memorial Park: Lifeguards, picnic tables, bocce court, shuffle board

Wolf Pit Lake

Call 631-298-9103 for more information.

Orient-East Marion Park District

Truman’s Beach

Orient State Park

Call 631-323-2481 for more information.

Southold Park District

Emerson Park: Picnic tables

Founders Landing: Lifeguards July 1 through Labor Day, comfort station, picnic tables

Horton’s Pt. Lighthouse Park

Triangle Park

Call 631-765-6019 for more information

For more information, contact the Town of Southold at 631-765-1800 or

Located at the tip of the island, Orient Beach State Park boasts 45,000 feet of access to Gardiners Bay. Among the amenities and activities are swimming, hiking, biking and a playground. The vehicle entrance fee is $8 through June 25 and $10 through September 5. For more information, call 631-323-2440 or visit

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