Long Island Parks: Captree State Park
CAPTREE STATE PARK
Directions: 48 miles from Manhattan via Southern State Parkway to Robert Moses Causeway (Exit 40), south to Park. Upon reaching the end of the Robert Moses, head east following the signs. As with any state park, there is a parking fee, a nominal fee for the tons of fun available at Captree State Park.
Entrance Fee: $4 per car May 25-Sept 2, weekends/holidays Sept. Sept. 7-Oct. 14. Captree’s 298 acres focus on a boat basin off State Boat Channel that draws all levels of boaters.
Captree State Park
1 Rescue Road
Babylon, NY 11702
Captree Boat Basin: (631) 669-0449
Restaurant: (631) 587-3495/3404
Captree Boatman’s Association: (631) 669-6464
Overview: The State Park lies at the eastern tip of Jones Beach Island in the heart of the fishing grounds. Captree is a fisherman’s haven and a picnicker’s delight. It features a boat basin with open and charter boats available for fishing, as well as scuba diving, sightseeing and excursion boats. Captree State Park is known for its excellent Flounder and Fluke fishing and during fall, Blackfish and Sea Bass are common. Also, there are all sorts of boats available here on hire, for half day excursions or full day fishing trips.
Choose from party size boats, open boats, larger charter boats, six-packers or a dive boat. Visitors can fish from the piers, including two handicapped accessible piers or from the beach at Fire Island Inlet. Some boats stay in the bay, while others go into the ocean and all have experienced crew and excellent service As Captree State Park announces on its welcome board, it caters to the family fishing experience.
History: Since 1954, Captree State Park has been a fisherman’s haven and a picnicker’s delight. It is situated at the confluence of the State Boat Channel and encompasses 298 acres. Today, the park offers a boat launch ramp with parking for 64 boat trailers. Everyone can observe many species of gull, terns white pelicans, black skimmers, common loon and many species of duck and other sea faring birds. The natural area in this park provides an ideal location for one of the largest nesting areas of herring gulls along the Atlantic coast. Brown pelicans, the Pacific Loon, and red-necked Grebe have also been sighted here.
Facilities: Marina with open and charter fishing, excursion and scuba diving boats (reservations required); 2 fishing piers (open 24 hours; night permit required); boat launch ramp; bait and tackle and marine fuel station (closes Dec. 1); free pump-out station; restaurant (seasonal), snack bar, playground and picnic areas (accessible to handicapped).
Narrated sightseeing tours and guided nature walks operate daily during the summer.
Seasons/Hours: Open year round. Sunrise-sunset; boat basin open 5:30 a.m.-sunset (fishing pier open 24 hours; permit required).
Events: Snapper Derby, Fall Harvest & Seafood Festival, I Fish New York Salt Water Clinic, and South Shore Fishing Classic (dates not set).
Pets: Strictly, no pets allowed.
Information: Captree Boat Basin, (631) 669-0449; restaurant, (631) 587-3495/3404; Captree Boatman’s Association, (631) 669-6464.