North Fork Beach Guide, Summer 2016

North Fork Beach Guide, Summer 2016

With 11 small towns and villages, the North Fork has much to offer. Explore the bountiful farmland, idyllic downtowns, and gorgeous wineries—but don’t forget the beaches! The North Fork has miles of unspoiled shoreline. Whether it’s on the Peconic Bay or the Long Island Sound, you’ll be sure to have lots of fun in the sun (and water). To ensure ease of access and a parking space, your car is required to display a valid parking permit. We’ve compiled a list of the rules and regulations as they apply to each town and village, as well as the amenities the various beaches have to offer. For more information, visit

Riverhead Town

Riverhead Town has four beaches located on the calm 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, handicapped accessible (wheelchairs for beach accessibility
in season

Reeve’s Beach: Comfort station, gazebo

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

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 beach fun on the Long Island Sound and the Gardiners and Peconic Bays between the twin forks. Eight beaches fall under the jurisdiction of Southold Town, with Town Beach arguably being 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, and they are 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 grills, picnic tables, basketball
Pequash Avenue Beach (Fleet Neck Beach): Lifeguards, comfort station, playground, picnic tables, BBQ grills, basketball

Call 631-734-5224 for more information.

Marratooka Lake
Veterans Memorial Park: Lifeguards, picnic tables, bocce court, shuffleboard
Wolf Pit Lake

Call 631-298-9103 for more information.

Mattituck Park District
Aldrich Lane Park: Softball and soccer field with night lighting
Breakwater Park: Comfort station
Bailie’s Beach Park: Boy Scout cabin in the upland area
Bay Avenue Park: Tennis, little league field
Mattituck Creek Boat Launching Park
Mattituck Park District Beach Yacht Club: Softball with night lighting

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 in Southold Town, Orient Beach State Park boasts 45,000 feet of access to Gardiners Bay. Among the amenities and activities are swimming, hiking, biking, a playground and playing fields. 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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