January 16, 2004


UPDATE* – May 4, 2004 – Surfing legal – with restriction..

Camp Hero State Park near Montauk Point, is home to some fickle, yet powerful pointbreaks. There is however one small problem. Surfing is illegal in this and other New York State Parks in Montauk. There really is no good reason for this restriction.

The following is a recap of meetings and subsequent telephone and written correspondence regarding the usage of Camp Hero State Park by surf fisherman and surfers:

* A permit will be put in place for all surfers who utilize Camp Hero State Park. A permit fee of $25 will be in effect. The permit system will be effective April 1, 2004 and this funding will be utilized to offset State Parks’ costs in implementing this surfing program.

* Surfers will be permitted 365 days a year in Turtle Cove to the eastern boundaries of Browns and the area known as Driftwood Cove.

* Surfing will be restricted within the other areas of Camp Hero known as Sewers and Kings. Unrestricted surfing will be permitted in those two (2) areas from January 1, 2004 to September 5, 2004 and from November 2, 2004 to December 31, 2004. During the period of September 6, 2004 through November 1, 2004, surfing will be authorized from sunrise to 11:00AM only.

This is an interim policy that will be monitored extensively throughout the next year. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is committing to station an individual at that location from September 6, 2004 – November 1, 2004. The New York State Park Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will also provide a portable toilet for usage by both fisherman and surfers.

Issued by: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation