Campground Rules


♥ Please note that campers are reserving a specific campsite but may change sites on a first come first serve basis if other sites are not reserved.   Campers changing sites must check with our General Store first.   Camping in a site without the appropriate permits is illegal.
♥ Check-In Times
Campers may check in at the General Store between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. You will be issued a camping permit and it must be secured to your post at your site in order to camp. If you do not check in by 4:00 pm your reservation will be forfeited. If you are going to be late and are still coming, please contact the Watch Hill Dockmaster at (631) 597-6074.
♥ Check-Out Times
Please have all your gear off your site by 11:00 am on the last day of your reservation. If you would like to extend your stay, please check with the General Store. If a camper does not check out by 11:00 am, they will be charged for another day.
♥ Periods of Stay
Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days.
♥ Occupancy
Each campground site allows for five adults with either two 2-man tents or one 5-man tent.
♥ Sites
Only marked sites may be used and tents may not be pitched in vegetation. Trenching, digging, or leveling sites is prohibited. Sites are not assigned, they are on a first come, first serve basis.
♥ Under 21
At least one party member must be 18 years old. Camping permits will not be issued to anyone under 18.
♥ Fires
Wood and open ground fires are prohibited. Use only charcoal in grills provided, or you may bring a camp stove. Dispose of coals in proper receptacles.
♥ Cooking Fuels
No flammables, including cooking fuels are allowed on the ferry. Cooking fuels may be purchased at the concession.
♥ Pets
Pets must be leashed and must not disturb other campers.  Pets are not allowed on Watch Hill & Otis Pike Wilderness ocean beaches from March 15 to Labor Day but are permitted elsewhere throughout Watch Hill.  There are two dog rest areas, one on each side of the marina.  Pets are not permitted in any sanitary facilities (including showers). Pets are not to be left unattended at campsites. It is the owners responsibility to remove and dispose of pet’s waste. There are only two pets allowed per campsite.
♥ Restrictions
Skateboards, bicycles, and scooters are not allowed in the park.
♥ Sanitation
Dispose of all trash in trash receptacles, wash dishes only at sink stand, and please leave your site clean.
♥ Generators
Generators and other power equipment are prohibited.
♥ Quiet Hours
Quiet hours are between 10 pm and 6 am Loud noise and audio devices are not permitted during quiet hours.
♥ Cancellations
If you have a reservation and cannot arrive by the first day, please email or call (631) 597-6074. Reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable.  As a courtesy, at our discretion and based on availability, cancellations may be rescheduled for weekdays only.
♥ Individual Site Reservations
Individual Camping reservations will not be accepted via telephone, fax, mail or email.  Campers must use the online reservation system at
♥ Group Site Reservations
Group Campsite may be reserved online.  Please note that bona fide not-for-profit organizations will only be accepted.  Given the unique demand for the group site we reserve the right to limit the number and duration of reservations from any particular group in trying to serve as many groups as possible.
♥ Walk-Ins
Depending on site availability, visitors without reservations may be able to obtain a site on a first-come, first-serve basis. Upon arrival at Watch Hill, contact the General Store to determine site availability. We cannot guarantee that walk-ins will obtain a site. If nothing is available at that time, walk-ins will be placed on a waiting list. When a site becomes available those on the waiting list will be notified via cell phone or by checking back at the store at 4:30 pm.
♥ What to Bring
For a safe and enjoyable trip, please bring the following items:


  • Wagon or backpack to carry gear from the ferry (the campground is 0.40 miles from the ferry dock)
  • Extra long tent stakes for use in sand
  • Charcoal or camp stove (charcoal & stove fuel available at store)
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen (available at store)
  • Insect netting
  • A sturdy animal-proof container for your food
♥ Activities
Visitors can enjoy a variety of self-guided activities, such as hiking (campground is adjacent to Otis G. Pike Wilderness Area), bird watching, clamming, fishing, crabbing, bathing in the bay and life guarded ocean beaches, and canoeing.   Food & Beverage services and programming including live music on the weekends are available at the marina.