After three years, Gilgo State Park to re-allow off-road vehicles this summer


After three years, off-road vehicles will be welcomed back once again to Gilgo State Park.

Gilgo State Park will allow four-wheeled vehicles with beach permits beginning on April 1, says George Gorman of New York State’s Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation,

The news comes off the success of the Gilgo Beach Restoration Project, which was a $26,222,000 initiative awarded to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to add approximately 1.8 million cubic yards of sand from the Fire Island Inlet to Gilgo Beach by this winter.

The Town of Babylon sought this project after Gilgo Beach’s shore rapidly eroded over the years.  The last maintenance of the beach was back in 2013-14 when 2.3 million cubic yards of sand was added after Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island.

“This is great news for those who love Gilgo State Park,” said Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer.  “Thank you to New York State Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers for restoring our Town beach at Gilgo.” 

the permits

The permit fee for a four-wheel beach vehicle is $80 in-state and $125 for out-of-state. The permits can be purchased now until March 31, and then sales resume the day after Labor Day, Sept. 3, to Dec. 31.

Permits are available at Long Island State Park Regional Headquarters at 625 Belmont Ave in West Babylon. The office isn’t open on the weekends, however, it will be open on Sunday, March 31.

For more information, call 518-474-0456.

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