Montauk Point State Park tends to be centered around its wildlife management, with this 750-acre beachfront park housing several protected species of fish and waterfowl. The New York Bureau of Land Management rates this park as one of the most diverse on the eastern seaboard, with over 50 protected species occupying the area.
Hunting is a very popular sport within this park for both small game and waterfowl. Because of this, dogs tend to be allowed off-leash at the discretion of the owner during these periods. Park officials urge visitors to remember that off-leash canines are only permitted during specific hunting months when dogs are traditionally part of the sport itself. Hunting is strictly off-limits on the weekends or during any federally recognized holidays.
Deer hunting on these lands are by special permit only, and these permits must be procured through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Their contact information is available on the New York Parks official website. Turkey trapping is strictly prohibited.
Two bridle paths are available for equestrians year-round, and these tend to be off-limits for canines. The 1.2 miles of nature trails that wind through this beautiful waterfront area are safe for canines, provided they stay on a leash. Park officials urge visitors to remember to clean up after their animals, as park funding is better spent on recreation and other services.
A local shop within the park sells food and other amenities, and is open throughout the warmer months. The summertime also means live music, with several rotating shows playing throughout the season. Picnic tables in this area are free on a first-come, first-serve basis
If watersports are more up your alley, paddleboard rental has become extremely popular here, and is available for $15 a day. Wetsuits are not provided, and no supervision exists so paddle your board at your own risk. Dogs are not allowed beachside during the tourist season.