Heckscher State Park-West Beach

East Islip, New York

Located on the Great South Bay, these calm waters make for great swimming, fishing, and boating. Heckscher’s sheer size as a park means there are many other things to do, including hiking and biking through the nearly 1,500 acres. The Park offers beaches, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground and athletic fields, recreation programs, hiking and biking, fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites, cross-country skiing, a boat launch, and a food concession. Heckscher State Park is one of the top camping grounds in the US; campers have a choice of 69 different locations where they can pitch their tents! The park is also known as the “Home of the White-tailed Deer” because deer are famous throughout. Open year-round, 7 days a week, 7am to sunset. $5 entrance fee per car from May 25 to September. The only pets allowed are dogs, and they must be on a leash not longer than 6 feet. They are not allowed in camping, bathing, picnic areas, in buildings or on walkways. As for West Beach, it is open June 23-September 3, 10am to 6pm, with parking available.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
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  • Current Status
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Monitoring Frequency

Heckscher State Park-West Beach is not sampled

Source Information

Swimming advisories are available via Suffolk County Health Services hotline at 631-852-5822 Or at https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Environmental-Quality/Ecology/Beach-Monitoring-Program

Suffolk County Health Services tests the water quality from Mid May - Mid Sept. Tier I beaches are tested 2-3 times per week and Tier II beaches are tested at least once per week, with more frequent testing at beaches where water quality changes often. Tier II beaches are retested if a sample exceeds water quality standards. Tier 1 beaches are closed after one sample exceedance and retested daily until reopened.

The samples are taken at knee depth, near known and potential pollution sources and from the most popular swimming spots.

Tier III beaches are tested once a month.

A marine beach is marked Green when there are equal to or less than 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water and when the 30-day geometric mean contains 35 units / 100ml of water or less.

A freshwater beach is marked Green when single sample results are 235 units of E.coli per 100 ml of water or less and when the 30-day geometric mean contains less than 126 units / 100ml of water or less.

A marine beach is marked Red when a single sample exceeds 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water or when the 30-day geometric mean contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A freshwater beach is marked Red when a single sample exceeds 235 units of E.coli per 100 ml of water or when the 30-day geometric mean contains more than 126 units / 100ml of water.

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Heckscher State Park-West Beach

East Islip, New York

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample. Swim Guide - Main updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Located on the Great South Bay, these calm waters make for great swimming, fishing, and boating. Heckscher’s sheer size as a park means there are many other things to do, including hiking and biking through the nearly 1,500 acres. The Park offers beaches, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground and athletic fields, recreation programs, hiking and biking, fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites, cross-country skiing, a boat launch, and a food concession. Heckscher State Park is one of the top camping grounds in the US; campers have a choice of 69 different locations where they can pitch their tents! The park is also known as the “Home of the White-tailed Deer” because deer are famous throughout. Open year-round, 7 days a week, 7am to sunset. $5 entrance fee per car from May 25 to September. The only pets allowed are dogs, and they must be on a leash not longer than 6 feet. They are not allowed in camping, bathing, picnic areas, in buildings or on walkways. As for West Beach, it is open June 23-September 3, 10am to 6pm, with parking available.

Monitoring Frequency

Heckscher State Park-West Beach is not sampled

Source Information

Swimming advisories are available via Suffolk County Health Services hotline at 631-852-5822 Or at https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Environmental-Quality/Ecology/Beach-Monitoring-Program

Suffolk County Health Services tests the water quality from Mid May - Mid Sept. Tier I beaches are tested 2-3 times per week and Tier II beaches are tested at least once per week, with more frequent testing at beaches where water quality changes often. Tier II beaches are retested if a sample exceeds water quality standards. Tier 1 beaches are closed after one sample exceedance and retested daily until reopened.

The samples are taken at knee depth, near known and potential pollution sources and from the most popular swimming spots.

Tier III beaches are tested once a month.

A marine beach is marked Green when there are equal to or less than 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water and when the 30-day geometric mean contains 35 units / 100ml of water or less.

A freshwater beach is marked Green when single sample results are 235 units of E.coli per 100 ml of water or less and when the 30-day geometric mean contains less than 126 units / 100ml of water or less.

A marine beach is marked Red when a single sample exceeds 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water or when the 30-day geometric mean contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A freshwater beach is marked Red when a single sample exceeds 235 units of E.coli per 100 ml of water or when the 30-day geometric mean contains more than 126 units / 100ml of water.

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