North Fork Beach Guide 2017

North Fork Beach Guide 2017

Who needs ocean beaches? Whether along Peconic Bay or Long Island Sound, the North Fork has mile after mile of pristine, unspoiled shoreline to match its bountiful farmland and idyllic downtowns. Like their South Fork neighbors, the beaches on the North Fork also have a wide range of amenities, which we’ve researched for you and listed below. All you have to do now is get out your sunhats, SPF, beach chairs and a couple of good reads.

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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 non-residents 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 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 arguably being the most popular. Resident beach permits cost $10 per season. A nonresident seasonal permit is $150. Daily parking permits are available at the three town beaches with attendants or from the Town Clerk’s Office. 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 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

Marratooka Lake

Veterans Memorial Park – lifeguards, picnic tables, bocce court, shuffleboard

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–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 visit

Orient Beach State Park
Located at the tip of the North Fork in Southold Town, Orient Beach State Park boasts 45,000 feet of access on 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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