Long Island Parks: Captree State Park
Captree State Park is located in West Islip, New York within Suffolk County. 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 at Captree State Park. Captree’s 298 acres focus on a boat basin off State Boat Channel that draws all levels of boaters.
Fees: Vehicle Entrance Fee: Cars $8, Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35, Commercial Buses $75.
Contact Information: Captree State Park, P.O. Box 247, Babylon, NY 11702, Captree Boat Basin: (631) 669-0449, Restaurant: (631) 587-3495/3404, Captree Boatman’s Association: (631) 669-6464
A sign welcomes visitors to Captree State Park, a park and beach in Suffolk County, on the South Shore of Long Island.
Captree State Park Steel Green Buoy at the entrance of the part near the fee booths.
Drinking alcohol, pets, eating, bicycles and load radio playing is prohibited.
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.
Captree State Park Steel Red Buoy at the entrance of the part near the fee booths..
A sign details requirements for recreational vessels at Captree State Park.
Captree State Park picnicking overlooks Fire Island and the Robert Moses Bridge.
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.
A park viewfinder helps visitors zoom in on the waters near Robert Moses and the Robert Moses Water Tower standing at the intersection of the Robert Moses Causeway and the park road.
Sign commands visitors to keep off the dunes. No alcohol, no fires, no pets.
Both Men and Ladies restrooms near the picnic tables and vending machines.
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.
Looking out to the fishing pier.
Fire Island Lighthouse can be seen through the waters and weeds by the beach.
A sign tells park visitors that swimming is prohibited.
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.
One of two large fishing piers available for catching crabs or fish.
Captree Bait & Tackle Shop.
Home to the largest public fishing fleet on Long Island, Captree Fleet includes Open Boats, Charter Boats, Sightseeing Boats and Dive Boats. No license or equipment is necessary as the boat staff provides everything you need for a day on the Great South Bay or the Atlantic Ocean.
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).
Captree Cove Restaurant, a local favorite, in operation since 1955, located inside the Captree State Park vehicle parking lot.
Ensures protection of the marine environment, Captree State Park offers a free pump-out station.
Pets: Strictly, no pets allowed.
Information: Captree Boat Basin, (631) 669-0449; restaurant, (631) 587-3495/3404; Captree Boatman’s Association, (631) 669-6464.