Wades Beach is a sandy beach which curves around a small bay on Shelter Island in the state of New York. The beach is dog-friendly for eight months of the year, but is off-limits to dogs from Memorial Day on the 27th of May through to Labor Day on the 3rd of September.
The best section of beach to take a pup to is accessible off Midway Road. It is not a designated off-leash zone, but there is a quarter mile stretch of sand which is perfect for them to explore on-leash. Pet parents taking their fur babies there should remember their pup must be kept under control at all times. Bothering other beach users, chasing seabirds or being aggressive to other dogs is a definite no go, and so is constant barking. There are no clean up bags supplied on or anywhere near the beach, so pet owners must make sure they carry an adequate supply with them. Puppy poop cannot be buried in the sand. It has to be collected, bagged, then disposed of responsibly.
All visitors to Wades Beach are required to display a Beach Permit on their vehicle. The permit is free to residents. Beach permits are obtained from the Town Clerk's Office by presenting a vehicle registration document or car hire agreement. Non-residents of Shelter Island may also obtain beach permits, but there is limited availability and a charge. A daily permit costs $25, and there are only ten issued on a daily basis. A weekly permit which is valid for seven consecutive days can be purchased for $50. A monthly pass carries a charge of $95 or a seasonal one for $230. Those visitors parking their vehicle at Wades Beach must display the permit on the left side of the rear bumper where it is clearly visible, or they risk getting a citation.