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                                               Sunrise at Moriches Inlet, Long Island N.Y.


  Smith Point County Park is located at the end of William Floyd Parkway, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. You can fish on the open beach, or in the sheltered area's of Moriches Bay. Taking the "Burma Road" access trail, you can ride all the way to Moriches Inlet. Excellent runs of Striped Bass and Bluefish occur in the spring and fall from the beaches and the inlet area. In the bay, winter flounder, fluke and blackfish (tautog) are sought after by boaters, and can occasionally be caught from shore by surfcasters. Just to the west of the County Park is Fire Island National Seashore, a.k.a. FINS. This area  gives you access to an additional six miles of beach. A separate Federal permit is required for 4X4 access there. Beach access at Smith point and FINS is limited during some periods throughout the season due to erosion problems, and in the spring and summer during the nesting of the endangered Piping Plovers.

The park is home to a diverse array of wildlife. On any given day you may see white tail deer, red fox, rabbits, opossum and raccoons roaming across the dunes, seeking food and fresh water. Ospreys that nest nearby on the Carmans River, may be seen diving for fish in the bay. On the ocean side, you may occasionally see gannets diving for fish. Loons, cormorants, black skimmers, oystercatchers and various species of ducks and geese are a common sight. In the spring, huge clouds of swallows swoop across the dunes, all in unison, as if they were one. At low tide great blue herons and egrets can be seen feeding in the shallows of the bay.

Smith Point Info

Cupsogue Info

Shinnecock East Info

Fire Island Wilderness Center 

2001 population Study of Atlantic Striped Bass .pdf                                                

2001 Atlantic Striped bass Report to Congress.pdf

These last two links are in .pdf format




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